@Resurgam is a star here. I cut my HbA1c from 8.3% (67) to 4.9% (30) in the same period, six months. Compared to @Resurgam this is a similar proportional demolition of the A1c (for details see my signature below). I did it with low-carb diet, stepped up exercise, and nothing else. I had not yet discovered this forum at the time -- my doctor told me to go on a low-carb diet but provided only skeletal guidance. The most helpful website was dietdoctor.com but the recipes I came up with were a patchwork. My wife and I got into "spiralizing" which is great for making large amounts of vegetables more palatable ("ersatz pasta" if you like). We learned how to make seed crackers as a great accompaniment to cheese (cheese is low-carb). To some extent you can do it without any special recipes. For instance, baked cod or haddock, and vegetables, is close to zero-carb as long as you don't use breadcrumbs on the fish. Lean white meat, or red meat if you prefer, are also basically zero-carb. Cauliflower rice is a good substitute for rice. Salads and/or omelettes for lunch. Often accompanied by an avocado (low-carb, high-fat). You will be surprised at how delicious a low-carb diet can be. Yes, it eliminates many of our really common foods but there is still lots left over. Have fun!