Diabetes Basics

Random (non-fasting) Blood Glucose Level Test

This test is conducted in order to determine the blood sugar levels inside you. As the name suggests, it is conducted randomly, which means that it is conducted at any time of the day. Further, no precautions (such as fasting) are taken in order to obtain the accuracy of result obtained. What is focussed upon is the reading alone.

How to perform it?

It is simple to perform a random blood glucose level test. The best part is that you do not need to go to a clinical laboratory and pay a hefty fees to get the blood sugar levels checked. You can get it done in the comfort of your house and at half its price. All you need is a portable blood sugar monitoring device.

The market today is flooded with devices of such type. They are small, easy to operate and give you close to accurate results. All you need to do is to prick the tip of your finger to draw out some blood and place it on strips which you get along with the device. Place the blood stained strip in the reader of the device and the sample would be evaluated and result displayed in a matter of minutes.

A Word of Caution:

In order to minimize the possibility of infection at the puncture site, it is best to put a swab of anti-septic solution on the spot. Similarly, the spot should be cleaned with an anti-septic before a puncture is made.

Why Do It?

Conducting a random (non-fasting) blood glucose level test can be extremely beneficial for those who are suffering from diabetes. They can use it to monitor the blood sugar levels on a regular basis. This can be of great help in treating diabetes, in letting you whether the treatment is working or not and if there is a need to change it in any manner or not.

Regular random blood sugar level test would also help you in the following:
* Avoiding those foods which result in sharp increase in your blood sugar levels.
* In planning your meals and activities and the timing of your medication.
* Whether the remedial measures are working or not.
* Conducting random test also allows you to take quick remedial steps to low sugar levels (hypoglycaemia) or high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia).

What do the Results indicate?

The results indicate "Normal" if the obtained figures are as follows:
* 70 - 130 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL) before meals are taken.
* Less than 180 mg/dL after meals have been taken.

If the results are less than 70 mg/dL then it means that the individual is suffering from hypoglycaemia. A figure above 180 mg/dL indicates hyperglycaemia.