What is it?

Self-monitoring of blood glucose is recommended for all people with type 1 diabetes. It is also recommended for people with type 2 diabetes who are on insulin or other medications that may cause low blood sugar levels. It also advised for pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

You will be able to see what makes your numbers go ‘up’ or ‘down’, such as eating different foods, taking your medicine, being active or when you are unwell. If you need to check your blood sugar levels yourself, there are a lots of blood glucose meters available. Most options require a small prick of the finger for some blood. People with type 1 diabetes can now access Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices which check glucose levels throughout the day and night without pricking your finger.

If your doctor recommends self-monitoring of blood glucose, it is important to keep a record of the readings (on the device or in a notebook). You can also register with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to access subsidised tests.