Why test your blood sugar?

Blood sugar testing — or self-monitoring blood glucose — provides useful information for diabetes management. It can help you:

  • Judge how well you’re reaching overall treatment goals

  • Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels

  • Understand how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels

  • Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels

  • Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low

How to test your blood sugar?

  1. Wash and dry your hands well.

  2. Insert a test strip into your meter.

  3. Prick the side of your fingertip with the needle (lancet) provided with your test kit.

  4. Gently squeeze or massage your finger until a drop of blood forms.

  5. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood.

  6. The meter will display your blood glucose level on a screen after a few seconds.

Cost of the Glucose Test – £10