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mg/dL and mmol/L - misleading??

mg/dL and mmol/L - misleading??
by Roo Payne on 01/14/05 at 07:30:40

Just wondered if anyone else thinks that the description given about mg/dl and mmol/L  in the blood sugar calculator could potentially be misleading?

It mentions that these units can be used to measure cholesterol and other substances in the blood. However it might be worthwhile pointing out that this particular calculator can ONLY be used for glucose, because the conversion factors for other blood substances such as cholesterol are completely different.

It is interesting that several other websites wrongly use the glucose conversion factor to convert cholesterol.

Just a thought!


Re: mg/dL and mmol/L - misleading??
by Robert Fogt on 01/14/05 at 09:56:36

I have updated that page by removing the references to cholesterol.

I defined the units as being "used for the measurement of cholesterol and other substances in the blood", but as mentioned, the calculator is only for blood sugar measurements.

The calculator itself was labeled correctly as for blood sugar, but it could be misleading, and you are absolutely correct to suggest it should be fixed. I have change the definitions to read "used for the measurement of many substances in the blood".

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