Hi all, Are there any people here who aren't formally diagnosed? Here in this part of Canada (Ontario), it takes 3 consecutive hba1c tests over a period of 18 months to receive a formal diagnosis. (I don't know if this is the case in the UK or it's diagnosed more quickly). At my last doctor's visit 3 weeks ago, my hba1c was 7%, within the diabetic range. (I haven't had a blood panel for several years and put off the routine blood tests due to another medical concerns that led to major surgery a year ago). My doctor told me that I am high risk and I need to implement major changes (reduce carbs, exercise, low weight) . She did not give me any medication (yet). My other blood glucose test was in the normal range. She told me that is a "huge wakeup" call and will be monitoring me. For purposes of this site, I put myself in the prediabetic category (not sure whether I should be here or in Type 2). Since then I've reduced my carbs and portions, started exercising (6 days 20-30 minutes cardio), weightlifting 2X a week. I've lost 10 1/2 lbs so far and feel much better physically. I have a friend with type 2 who highly recommended this site (she gotten her glucose levels down considerably mostly with diet). She also suggested a glucose meter which I just started using. (Today is my first day.) Hopefully I can smooth out the spikes I must have been having (which lead to the hba1c). BTW, I'm 62.