You are indeed lucky to have such an enlightened GP. I was offered an HBa1c test at the hospital when they found glucose in my urine when testing me for something else. When I went to see my GP for the results, it took him a while to find them. "Ah." He said at last. "The result is 53. You have type2 diabetes. You need to exercise a lot more and lose weight. With luck you will get the number down and you won't need medication for some time. But it's a progressive condition, so you will probably need medication at some point, but hopefully not insulin injections. We will have to see. I'll make an appointment for you to see the DN and she will arrange for you to have eye tests and check your feet etc. With luck you won't get serious complications. Go away and lose weight and take lots of walks. And try not to worry. We'll repeat your test in three months" And that was it. I saw the DN a week later and she told me to eat a balanced diet with lots of 'good' foods. By then I had done lots of research and found this site. Given that diabetes is rapidly becoming the 21st century equivalent of the plague, you would think that the NHS would be a tad more supportive wouldn't you?