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Old 03-22-2011, 05:44 AM
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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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Old 03-22-2011, 07:24 AM
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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)
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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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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Old 03-22-2011, 09:21 AM
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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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Old 03-23-2011, 05:52 AM
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thank you johns. i believe you are probably right!
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