I was first diagnosed in 2011 as pre-diabetic. I think my HbA1C was 47. I got down to 41 6 months later and was told to carry on the good work! I was given a monitor and strips on prescription but I basically played the system - cheating myself. I would eat what I wanted up until a few weeks before my annual check and then cut out carbs. My results always hovered in the high 40s and low 50s. Sometimes I was asked to go back in 3 months and I would always only just do enough. I was always threatened with Metformin which I refused and promised to do better. It usually worked. 3 months ago I went for my annual check and my HbA1C was 69. What a wake up call. I agreed that the time had come for Metformin and said that I would be off it in Jan 19. The nurse told me not to bank on it as "most people don't". I tool my first tablet the next day and suffered side effects. Luckily I was working from home! I decided then to wait until I came back from the cruise I was going on the following day. I also decided to get a grip and sort myself out! It was really easy to go low carb on the ship as there was so much choice! I also walked at least 12000 steps a day for 2 weeks. I still test myself and now have to buy my own strips but it's better than buying pasties and cakes! When I came back I told the nurse that I was going to keep on with the LCHF and walking and was not going to start Metformin. She asked me to have the test repeated in 3 months to make sure that I had made progress. If I hadn't she would advise a different medication. I've just had my result - 43! I've also lost over a stone and have dropped a dress size for the first time in about 10 years! My taste has also changed too. Give me cheese over chocolate any day. Can't wait for my appointment on the 9th Thanks to everyone for posting their success stories. They are inspiring and I hope that I can help anyone reading this and wondering whether to make the effort. Do it! Happy New Year!