Random Plasma Glucose
Blood Tests for Diabetes Diagnosis and Management: Random Plasma Glucose Test
Also known as: Casual plasma glucose; random blood sugar test.
What is it? The random plasma glucose test measures plasma, or blood, glucose levels. It is performed with a small blood draw taken at any time of the day (hence the name "random").
How is this test performed? The test consists of a simple blood draw, which is sent to your doctor's lab for analysis.
What do my results mean? A random plasma glucose test that is under 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l) is considered acceptable.
What do abnormal results mean? Levels of 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l) or higher, along with the presence of symptoms of diabetes (e.g., excessive thirst and/or urination, blurry vision, unexplained weight loss), indicate a diagnosis of diabetes. The ADA recommends that the diagnosis be confirmed with a subsequent retest on a different day. The retest should be an oral glucose tolerance test or the fasting plasma glucose test if possible.
Other conditions which may result in an elevated result include pancreatitis, Cushing's syndrome, liver or kidney disease, eclampsia, and other acute illnesses such as sepsis and myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, M.D. 07/08
Grilled Salmon With Relish Sweet Fruit Empanadas Hearty Bacon Cheddar Dip Pork Chops in Creamy Vegetable Sauce Rosemary Mustard Lamb Steaks Raspberry Thumbprints Grilled Fish with Roasted Jalapeno Rub Italian Vegetable Soup Halibut with Warm Lemon Sauce French Toast
We read about all of these people who die in the aftermath of big snowstorms. Winter Storm Jonas, which hit our area about ten days ago, left over a dozen people dead — some of whom went out in the height of the storm and got lost in whiteout, others who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while waiting in a running car whose tailpipe was still buried in the snow. People stuck outside because they are homeless are also considered at-risk, and municipalities may forcibly remove them to...