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    i am working on a translation of an american book into dutch.

    i need tot know how i must convert micro-international units per ml (mcIU/mg)to international units per ml (uIU/ml)

    a normal insulin fasting range would be 6-35 mcIU/ml
    would uIU/ml be the same as mcIU/ml? since the normal range in uIU/ml would be 3-22 (in belgium)

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    Re: conversion insulin

    Originally posted by marja View Post
    i am working on a translation of an american book into dutch.

    i need tot know how i must convert micro-international units per ml (mcIU/mg)to international units per ml (uIU/ml)

    a normal insulin fasting range would be 6-35 mcIU/ml
    would uIU/ml be the same as mcIU/ml? since the normal range in uIU/ml would be 3-22 (in belgium)
    I'm not 100% sure but I suspect the "mc" is an improper symbol for "" (micro) used by the American medical profession. It is much more commonly seen as mcg instead of g for microgram. I think they should learn to write more clearly, but the argument is that a poorly scrawled can look like an m, and cause microgram/milligram confusion in dosing. In printed text, and prescriptions entered in a computer, it seems an unnecessary departure from correct SI usage. Only the medical/pharmaceutical industry in the US uses this (improper) convention, other metric industries do not.

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    • #3
      Re: conversion insulin

      Are you trying to convert the readings of blood glucose meter?
      If you are the manufacturer or the instructions should give you that information.

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      • #4
        Re: conversion insulin

        Sandra,

        There is apparently a blood test for insulin levels and a conversion factor for clinical results is given in the JAMA author instructions for conversion to SI units:
        http://jama.ama-assn.org/site/misc/auinst_si.xhtml
        (scroll down the table to insulin)

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        • #5
          Re: conversion insulin

          thank you johns. i believe you are probably right!

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