Hi , so yeah I guess you've heard it so many times before now; newly diagnosed and panicking. I was diagnosed one week ago and am still in lots of distress about how my life is going to change. I wasn't doing well in life before all this, im battling with depression and kind of let everything slide in my life the last 7 years.. i ate way too much, ive no social life, i finished law-study but am not doing anything with my degree, i all suppressed my failure at life by treating myself with food. Food was my friend, the hours after work, laying in my bed eating, is without exegerating the only time i feel a bit of ease about this thing called life. I feel I can not handle this diagnosis because of that. At the same time, I did got back my thirst for knowledge, i googled, i read so much, and then i came on this forum and read more. A voice inside me says; maybe this will be the thing that saves me from an unfullfilling lonely life? I really hope so. I wonder if there are people here who also were so addicted to food and now are on a continious diet (lifestyle change) and are able to be happy? Also some more questions: * My HBA1C was 50, my cholestrol levels were "fine" (forgot to ask numbers). Online I often read with type 2 you have high cholestrol levels too. Somehow Im worried that i might have type 1. But the doctor easily said; no you're obese so it's type 2. Is it very rare to have normal cholestrol with type 2 ? Or does it happen more? * What do you guys think of the plan I made? 8 weeks low calorie shake diet (with carbs below 20) following the Newcastle research, and then LCHF? Is that needed, the 8 weeks? Im day 3 now and im struggling, i keep on thinking; wouldnt it be easier to just do LCHF straight away so at least i can EAT? But then the Newcastle research gives me hope , about the pancreatic fat needing to resolve etc.. although this study seemed so small, and also i noticed the test-person's blood glucose levels were still borderline diabetes if i understand the levels correctly (5,9) * Ive been overweight all my life, i ve done so many diets and also the Atkins one and I felt very awful in that diet! I felt dirty and greasy and also continiously hungry while i Always read you should not be hungry on low carbs. I also got heavy headaches and i would generally just not feel right/good. When i eat bread, the thing i crave for so often, i DO feel good and fullfilled and my headache goes away. Im worried this diet wont really make me feel good. I tried Atkins for several weeks so its not that i just gave up easily. Anyone who had that too and now does feel great on low carbs? * I am not ready yet to test myself, I will do my best for 3 months and then get tested at the regular way again. What im puzzled at is what is most important? The HBA1C, or the Fasting glucose levels? Or should I also ask for a non-Fasting testing? sorry this ended up to be a very long message, thanks for reading.