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May 28, 2012 4:40 PM
It sounds like our A1C numbers are similar but I am baffled by the daily readings. I am Canadian and my target range is 5 to 7. My A1C target is under 6. Is the American daily blood sugar number just times 100 of what a Canadian reading would be or is it completely different? I am just curious- does anyone know? Thanks
May 28, 2012 5:46 PM
It is the same. My A1C went from a little over a 7 down to a 6 recently. Was so excited. Our blood sugar readings are different than the A1C though.
May 29, 2012 11:42 AM
A1c is a simple percentage of glucose in the blood. As such, its the same on bith sides of the border.

The random glucose numbers are on a completely different scale in Canada than us. Its not a simple conversion! its like the difference between metric and standard units.

There are tables on internet to compare US and Canad units. As well there are tables correlating a1c results to average gkucose values. remember a1c is a percentage, not a unit so to speak. So an a1c of 6 does NOT corespond to Canadian value 6!!!!
May 29, 2012 12:42 PM
Looks like to convert American sugar readings to Canadian you divide by 18 and to convert Canadian to American you would multiply by 18.

For instance my fasting is usually around 114 in the morning, so in Canadian values its 6.33 :)

Hope that helps!
May 29, 2012 2:16 PM
actually, it would depend on the units Canada=metric, US=imperial . A1C is in percent or mg/dl (milligrams per decilitre) so those should be the same across borders, now your daily reading, check here for the conversion

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