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From Houston, Texas, USA:

I noticed that blood glucose can be measured in terms of mg/dl or in mmol/L. Which countries use mmol/L? Is there any particular benefit for measuring blood glucose in mg/dl instead of mmol/L?


There is no particular benefit for measuring in mmol/l vs. mg/dl. In the United States, we tend to use mg/dl while many other countries use mmol/l. In the same fashion, we tend to use pounds, inches, and miles in the United States while other countries use kilograms, centimeters, and kilometers -- but there is no real benefit for using one or the other.


Additional comments from Dr. Bill Quick:

The units can be written with a capital L (mmol/L and mg/dL) or uncapitalized (mmol/l and mg/dl) -- the capitalization makes no difference.


Original posting 9 Nov 2001
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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