In the United States, blood glucose (bg) is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). In many other western countries, BG is measured in millimoles per liter (mmoles/L) (such as England, Canada, and Australia). Because of these differences, it is very important to make note of the units of measurement in order that you interpret diabetes data correctly, especially when talking with someone from another country. Although FelineDiabetes.com attempts to always use mg/dL, please look at the units of measurement each time.
HINT: the decimal mg/dL value is always MUCH larger than the metric mmol/L value.
milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) (USA value)
I. Use the Blood Glucose Converter Calculator
of our samples are run on whole blood obtained by needle draw or lancet
pricking, so be sure to select "whole blood" for both inputs. Please
check this with your vet/doctor, but while most home meters accept only
whole blood, the reading they give may be adjusted to represent the glucose
concentration in the plasma of the blood. This varies from country to
country. You can only find out what your meter gives by reading the instruction
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II. Do the conversions yourself
The conversion factor between the two systems is approximately 18. Using this factor, you can do your own conversions as follows: