The Brain Hypometabolism Hypothesis: Part 10: Conversion of Units


In the 2011 paper by Cunnane and colleagues, the cerebral rate of glucose metabolism was stated as

6–7 mg/100 g/min

or approximately

31 μmol/100 g/min

It is worth revisiting the calculations around conversion between mmol and weight.

A mole is 6 x 10²³ molecules.

The molecular weight for glucose is 180.1559 g per mole.

Therefore 31 μmol of glucose is equivalent to 180.1559 g x 31/1000000

= 0.00558 g

= 5.58 mg

which is in the range described above.

There is also a conversion calculator here.

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