Hi and apologies if this post rambles a little. I was abroad with work when diagnosed and couldn't contact my GP or talk to anyone about it really, it was very stressful. I had been having (what I now understand are the usual) symptoms for 3 or 4 months of frequent urination and extreme thirst. In Nov and Dec I was working for 6 weeks in California, I visited home over thanksgiving and had a blood test in the UK. I got the results a few days later that my non fasting BGL was 20. For reference at the time I was 14st 7lbs and 5' 8 so definitely overweight but not really heavy, with a fairly stocky male build too, 35 years old, no family history. My Liver function ALT and AST were slightly raised (66 and 55 U/L where they should be below 50 and 40 respectively). This seemed to coincide with a worsening of my symptoms to include blurred eyesight (specifically this was using phone or monitor, I could read it for 5-100 secs before it became uncontrollably blurred, I could "reset" by focusing on something far away for 30 secs then back) and a general malaise, extreme tiredness. I ended up seeing a doctor in America who repeated bloods, converting to UK numbers they were fasting BGL of 20, Hba1c of 110mmol/L, Pancreas function was OK but urine was full of Ketones (>3000mg). Cholesterol was high as well. I was prescribed Metformin at 2000mg per day as well as Atorvastatin. Immediately did research including on here and decided to try and tackle with an immediate change in diet and exercise. Managed to get my fasting BGL down to about 7.7 before Christmas when I returned home. Had another blood test in the UK (unfortunately after a night out with dinner and drinks) and although my fasting BGL was now 8.2 my liver function ALT and AST had gone up to 128 and 141. HBa1c measured at 98mmol/L. Urine protein and Albumin were high. UK doctor advised Metformin too with a starting dose of 500mg per day. Thanks for those of you still with me! I really wanted to try and control with diet so I went quite strict, very low carb and sugar and low calorie diet. Have lost 20lbs since mid Nov and fasting BGL was down to 6.5. I was quite happy as I have an appointment with a Endocrinologist at the end of Jan however my doctor phoned me up and asked me to start taking the Metformin! He knew I hadn't taken it as I had another quick doctors appt with his colleague and he must have been reviewing my file. He said that due to my build (and relative lack of weight to lose compared to most Type 2s) that I probably wouldn't be able to control with diet alone. What do you guys think?? I still think I could lose a stone, maybe more, with exercise and diet. I have started taking Metformin yesterday so will see what effect it has on my guts and sugar levels. I am also worried about my liver and kidney function as they both seem to be going in the wrong direction, are these worrisome numbers at the moment? Finally I admit I do like a drink (although not drinking at the mo) and am worried as everywhere says not to drink with Metformin, that's not something I really want to commit to for life. I understand cutting back, moderation etc but if this medication is incompatible is there an alternative that is? Anything else I should do in the mean time? Also when I measure my glucose levels after food to see what triggers glucose rises, should I do it 2 hours after or sooner? Thanks again, glad to have found here.