Hello all, I am a 36 year old male, I was diagnosed as diabetic over a month ago and thought that I would share my story with you guys. The main reason I am posting, is because I have been reading and watching videos and learning and thinking and going through the motions that all of us diabetics seem to go through and thought it's about time I add my own experience in the hopes that it helps or comforts someone out there. In October 2017 my wife went in to get her eyes tested and order some new specs, and because my specs were in bad shape I had her book me for an appointment. Even gave up a fishing trip that morning to go to this appointment. I had breakfast on the way there which was a quarter roti and fried plantain, a roti is a west indian flat bread. During the eye exam the optamologist aksed me when last I checked my sugar, and I was like never.... why? Turned out she was seeing "edema near the maccular region" of my left eye.. my good eye. This is seen in people whose sugar has been a high for a very long time and isn't controlled. They tested my BG and it was at 276 mg/dl! Poor me didn't know what the ass that meant and all they said was that means I'm diabetic. I was given a letter to go join a health center for treatment and told to come back in 3 months and they they will sort me out for new specs. I was devastated, like I cried. My world came crashing down, all I could think of was that I would die and not see my grand kids. My own kids are very young as well, which made it worse. That was a Saturday, after a hard Sunday, I visited the health center, before going I ate lunch, noodles, chow mein and chicken from a chinese place. At the visit my BG was 286 mg/dl and there was glucose in my urine. The doctor said, "you are definitely diabetic!" and gave me a script for metformin. 500mg morning and evening. That out of the way, the next visit on the list was to see an ophthalmologist about the edema. At that visit I was told there are white deposits at the back of my eye and that if I get things under control it will go away on it's own, come back in January. I also had my blood work done after a doctor at the clinic told me "you're 36, you're too young to be diabetic, your kidney's must be damaged and your cholesterol must be high!!". My LDL-c is 99 mg/dl and HDL-c is 42 mg/dl, which is quite normal lol. Freaked out over that for a while too until I got my results. Also my HbA1c 2 weeks after diagnose, was 11.6 umol/l, 4.9%. The only thing that came back high was my Uric Acid, which means I've gout.... but I don't so I'm ignoring that. I've stopped drinking bottled juices anyways. All this time I was in turmoil, praying harder, reading, eating rabbit food, watching videos, afraid to even be close to sugar. Sweating because I will never eat ice cream again!! Then I found this website and read and read and read and learned a lot, but never hadd the state of mind to write anything. It's only now I've come to terms I guess. It's almost two months since I was diagnosed and after thinking I wouldn't last a day much less a week, I have survived and looking to survive a long time further. My reading are between 95 - 106 in the mornings, around 115 - 120 in the day and under 120 at night two hours after eating. I eat mostly protien with steamed vegs, and some mayo or olive oil, I drink some apple cider vinegar in a cup of water in the morning, I'm out of AC at the moment, so might not continue that. I do eat ice cream once every couple weeks, a small cone, I tested an hour after eating it and I was at 115, 2 hours later I was 101. I also eat almonds or peanuts as a snack, but I've stopped having them between meals and have them with the meal instead. I found online that if you lose the fat quickly you can get better results faster, so I do intermittent fasting, and I do HIIT training at night before bed, I went from 175 pounds to 157 in this time and my muscles are popping. To round it up, thank you to all the folks that post on here, too many to mention, but everybody has contributed in some way or the other to me not feeling as alienated and lost as I was feeling before, and I will try to also help in anyway I can. This is a learning process, and from all that I've read, different strokes for different folks. Some people say eat lots of carbs and no meat and no fat, some say eat all veg and some fats. Some say eat fish, some say don't. Some say YES! type II is reversible, some say, STOP! DREAMING! What I find is that the people saying these things, aren't diabetic on the most part... Every morning I get up and see 105, or 106 I feel disappointed in myself a little, especially if I go to bed at 90. I feel this way because people come on here and they're like, if you're over 100 you're still not doing it right and it's supposed to be under 100. I was beating myself up because of this, and then I read how some people are trying everything they can and they're getting over 140 in the morning and this is why I chose to post... wasn't supposed to be this long, but it is what it is... as long as you are trying to be healthy and you got that goal in your mind to be healthy, you are doing great. Match yourself to you and not anyone else, every win is a win once you keep trying.