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Glucose / Diabetes Testing at Oxenhope Pharmacy

Knowing your blood sugar levels helps you manage your diabetes and reduces your risk of having serious complications – now and in the future.

What are blood sugar levels?

Your blood sugar levels, also known as blood glucose levels, are a measurement that show how much glucose you have in your blood. Glucose is a sugar that you get from food and drink. Your blood sugar levels go up and down throughout the day and for people living with diabetes these changes are larger and happen more often than in people who don’t have diabetes.

Why test blood sugar levels?

If you take certain medication, like insulin or sulphonylureas, checking your blood sugars is a vital part of living with diabetes. It can help you work out when you need to take more medication, when you need to eat something or for when you want to get up and move around more.

Symptoms of diabetes:

Symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, passing more urine than usual, unexplained weight loss, poor wound healing and feeling tired all the time.

The symptoms occur because the sugar (glucose) in your blood becomes very high and cannot be used as fuel for energy by your body. Your body tries to remove excess sugar in your urine resulting in thirst and increased need to urinate.

Symptoms include:

  • urinating more often than usual, especially at night
  • feeling very thirsty
  • feeling very tired
  • unexplained weight loss
  • itching around the genitalia, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly

You might be asking, what’s the normal range for blood sugar levels? .
The answer is, there is a healthy range that you should ideally be aiming for. The infographics above show the general guidelines, but your individual target range for your blood sugar levels may be different. You’ll healthcare team will agree with you what it is.
You’ll get different readings at different times of the day, depending on things like what you’ve eaten and how much you are moving around.

Here’s a guide to help you get started on finding your target range:

If you’re a child with type 1 diabetes

  • when you wake up and before meals: 4 to 7mmol/l
  • after meals: 5 to 9mmol/l 

If you’re an adult with type 1 diabetes

  • when you wake up and before meals: 5 to 7mmol/l
  • before meals at other times of the day: 4 to 7mmol/l

If you have type 2 diabetes

  • before meals: 4 to 7mmol/l
  • two hours after meals: less than 8.5mmol/l

If you have gestational diabetes

  • Fasting: below 5.3mmol/l
  • One hour after meals: below 7.8mmol/l
  • If you’re not able to check until two hours – rather than one hour – after a meal, you should aim for below 6.4mmol/l.
  • Price: £10.00 per test

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Oxenhope Pharmacy, 36 Station Road,Oxenhope, Keighley, BD229JJ

01535 649 308



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