The I had an appointment a Doctor on other matters, and then with the Diabetes Nurse I was directed to; both told me the same, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over 12 months ago. The Diabetes Nurse I was directed to also told me that the appointment with her was my Annual Review. Fortunately my wife [carer] was with me on all meetings with Doctors or nurses to advise we had never been informed. The Doctor prescribed metformin and asked for an appointment to be made in 6 weeks. Just to paint a background picture: my wife + carer is 67 & is struggling health-wise at the moment: I have heavily onset COPD, blood-flow challenges in my legs and restricted mobility. Being on oxygen almost 24/7 is very restrictive. Alongside all of the above I am seriously overweight. Hearing of the type 2 diabetes at the age of 71 with my background challenges was a big shock. I found out with my conditions mentioned above it was no surprise. Not much help now of course. I was fortunate to be able to attend a meeting arranged for those suffering from diabetes within 10 days of being diagnosed. Whilst being informative it was obviously designed for a sizeable group of all types of diabetes. One of the speakers did advise the book "the 8-week blood sugar diet". I have found this to date to be the most informative of all detail so far supplied. The book gives a lot of answers. With it being generalised there is much information i still need to know. Exercising is so important but my restrictive breathing and general tiredness is getting in the way, I do see me at least improving in this area over time. What do I do about measurements. The book [and no doctor or nurse] suggested the finger prick blood test could be useful. i was hoping to get advice when I attended a meeting or doctor follow-up but these to be particularly evasive. Maybe someone could help? I have taken readings at 9:30 over the last five mornings with the following results:~ 11.1 * 9.0 * 14.3 * 9.7 * 14.8 I don't know if I should take follow up tests or what to do at all. Several readings seem particularly high. Another area where I am in limbo is with my diet. There are conflicts with my COPD but none the less have had a dramatic turnaround in what I am eating and certainly noticed the cost difference. My weight is exactly the same as it was 5 weeks ago. Obviously if I had someone to speak to they could possibly help. My wife [carer] obviously needs to be party to this as well. Finally, relative to my queries, what exactly does this drug Metformin do to my body. To date I have noticed no gain. Is there a point in continuing with what could be construed to be damaging chemicals upon my body. It may be early days as far as my local surgery is concerned but after a year and six weeks I would expect to be getting far better Counselling so any help would be appreciated.