How to test your blood glucose sugar levels

Watch a step by step guide on how to test your blood glucose levels. In order to perform a blood glucose test you will require your blood glucose meter, a test strip to hand, a lancing device and a monitoring diary to record the results of your blood glucose test.

Diabetes.co.uk’s Benedict Jephcote runs through how to test your blood sugar. In this video, Benedict is using a OneTouch meter and test strips.

How to test blood glucose:

How to inject insulin:

Ben’s blood glucose was 3.6 mmol/L (or 65 mg/dL) in this video. Learn about hypos (low blood glucose) at

For those not in the UK, mmol/L is the UK standard unit. mg/dL is the American unit. You can convert between the two here:

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20 comments

  1. Thank you for this video! This helped me learn how to test and teach me the tools on what I need to buy to to do it with. When I got GD my doctor gave me prescription for a meter and test strips only which I only got the meter approved and she didn’t tell me I needed more items to test or explain anything really. I ended up having my son before I bought everything and the told me I didn’t have diabetes when I got released from the hospital, but am having symptoms of my blood sugar still being off. I have to buy a new meter cause the test strips alone for the meter insurance gave me are $80 for 50 on top of other stuff I have to buy. I am now buying the cheaper one at Walmart and the other stuff I need. So thank you for this!

  2. Thanks for this video, my medical for Indian Air Force is gonna happen in next month.🤗

  3. I can’t prick myself by pressing the button. can’t bring myself to do it.
    so i just stick the lancet in manually
    and it works just fine

  4. Thank you for sharing. Here is a quick Tip for all the users !
    Washing hands before pricking your finger for a blood sample is also important as the dirt or food residue on the fingertip can give false reading. In case you are not able to wash your hands before pricking, you can let go of the first drop of blood and choose the second drop of blood for the reading. To read more about how to use any glucometer easily and the do’s and dont’s please check-

  5. Wipe off first spot of blood off your finger and use the second drop for an accurate reading . Should have mentioned blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) is normal. A reading of more than 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) after two hours indicates diabetes. A reading between 140 and 199 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L and 11.0 mmol/L) indicates prediabetes.

  6. Nice video, I am using Libre with BluCon NightRider and love the alarm feature in the LinkBluCon app, it gives me alerts whenever my values go down.

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