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What is Random blood sugar Test?

Random blood sugar Test
Random blood sugar Test

It is the most common test used to determine blood glucose/ sugar levels.

Results of this test generally determine further testing and methods of diagnosis.

This test is preferred as it gives immediate results without any prerequisite like continuous monitoring or fasting.

Due to this it helps doctors to start immediate treatment on basis of results.

This test plays a critical role in starting treatment for patients who are suffering from Type 1 Diabetes when their blood sugar is exceptionally high.

What is the procedure for a Random blood sugar test?

It is generally conducted by using a Glucometer or Continuous Glucose Monitoring device.

While every device has its own benefits and advantages but Glucometer is the most widely preferred and used device as it is handy, gives accurate reliable readings, and does not need constant calibration.

Glucometer:

It involves pricking fingers and putting the blood on the glucose meter strip already inserted in the glucometer.

The glucometer gives fast, accurate reading within 15 to 20 seconds and is simple to operate.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device:

This device is placed under the skin and continuously measures sugar levels in body tissues.

It alerts the individual when the blood sugar is too high or low.

These devices are not that reliable in conditions of acute fall in blood sugar levels and need to be calibrated by checking blood sugar twice daily by a glucometer.

What is a normal blood sugar level in a Random blood sugar test?

For this test reading of 200 mg/dl or above is indicative of suffering from diabetes.

Physicians generally repeat the test and prescribe other blood glucose tests to get a more reliable diagnosis.

TESTNormal Range
Random Blood Sugar Test>200 mg/dl

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