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This FAQ attempts to answer the questions which have been most frequently
asked in (m.h.d). This is not a complete informational
posting. My only criterion for inclusion is that the topic has frequently
appeared in m.h.d, either by an explicit question, or implicitly by posting a
related question or a common misconception.

This FAQ is posted biweekly to the Usenet newsgroup
If you obtained this article by some method other than reading Usenet,
refer to the section on "Online resources: diabetes-related newsgroups"
for brief information on how to obtain access to Usenet newsgroups and in particular.

Feel free to make copies of this FAQ for your personal use or for a friend or
relative, including to share with health care providers. If you want to make
this FAQ available to others on an ongoing basis (for example, on a BBS),
please do *not* post or copy the entire FAQ. Instead, post only this section,
entitled "Where's the FAQ?". This will enable others always to retrieve the
most recent version.

I have removed the outdated informational posting on insulin pumps.

An informational posting on diabetes-related software is posted to m.h.d at
the same time as this FAQ. See below for retrieval information. It was
developed and is maintained by Rick Mendosa <mendosa(AT)>.

I've used ideas and information from many people in writing this FAQ. With a
few exceptions I haven't attempted to identify them, but I thank them all.
The words herein are mine unless otherwise credited.

If you read this and it helps you, please let me know what part helped, and
why. If you read this and can't find what you want, let me know that too.
Such comments will help me decide what is worth working on, and whether.
You'd be surprised how little feedback I get. If you are reading this on the
newsgroup, just reply to this article. If you found this on the web, send
email to <>.

These documents -- the FAQ and the software overview -- are available
from the news.answers archives at Using anonymous ftp, get
the files:


or in web browser format:

If your net access is by email only, send an email message to
mail-server(AT), subject ignored, body containing:

    send faqs/diabetes/faq/part1
    send faqs/diabetes/faq/part2
    send faqs/diabetes/faq/part3
    send faqs/diabetes/faq/part4
    send faqs/diabetes/faq/part5
    send faqs/diabetes/software

If you are using the World Wide Web, you can reach a WWW-formatted version of
the FAQ and other documents via the URL

You can also retrieve the plain text by FTP from the site
mentioned above, which has long been the most reliable source. However,
it only offers the simplest retrieval capability.

User Contributions:

Raqiba Shihab
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May 10, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
Many thanks. My husband has Type 2 diabetes and we were a bit concerned about his blood sugar/glucose levels because he was experiencing symptoms of hyperglyceamia. We used a glucometer which displays the reading mg/dl so in my need to know what the difference
between and mg/dl and mmol/l is, i came across your article and was so pleased to aquire a lot more info regarding blood glucose, how to read and convert it.
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Aug 11, 2012 @ 9:09 am
It was really informative and useful for people who don't know conversion. Thanks to you
Shelton Bascombe
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Oct 17, 2016 @ 2:14 pm
I am type 2 diabetic. Just like so many I was interested to know the conversion of mmol/L to mg/dl as most readings on the internet are in mg/dl and my meter is in mmol/L. This has helped so much in understanding how to read both kinds of meters and how to do the conversion.

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