I work in mental health and was assaulted by a patient. When the ambulance did their checks they found I had a blood sugar of 16.6 mol/l and a BP of 230/135 (although that calmed down or 140/110 later). They advised I see my GP and I was sent for fasting bloods and got a hbA1c of 104 and cholesterol of 5.9. Over a phone consultation my GP has started me on 500mg metformin three times a day and atorvastatin. (I had a bit of a shock when I googled interactions) but has said he want to see if lifestyle changes will resolve my BP. I'm guessing he means lose weight through diet an exercise. I am hearing that I won't be entitled to testing equipment to monitor my blood sugars when I get my appointment though with the diabetic nurses. I've bought a BP monitor so I can check that. Is it possible to buy my own blood sugar testing kit and if so how much will it cost? I can't really see how I can check if the changes are making a difference otherwise.