To Fairy108_, Firstly Hi and welcome to the Diabetes UK forum. Your inital experience with the NHS is unfortunately for us Type 2's something that has become very common in recent years, but all is not lost, for if you read through the various postings here on this site, in a short time you will know more about your Type 2 dianetes and how best to control it from real people's actual diabetic experiences and not what the NHS proclaims and openly preaches. Diet and sencible exercise is the key to mastering Type 2 diabetes and following the LCHF diet is always a better start than the WRONG information on diet that the NHS preach. Regretfully and with poor forward thinking, the NHS have decided to withdraw supplying FREE blood/glucose meters and strips to us Type 2's, but the test meter is the ideal indicatior for eash INDIVIDUAL.who can then ammend their own personal choice of items within their diet as some things will give a high reading in some individuals but not necessciarly so in another individual. Most Type 2's will take an initial blood/glucose reading just before a main meal and then repeat the blood/glucose test either 1 hour later, but it's more commonly taken again 2 hours later to see what efferc (if any) the meal that they had just eaten as had on their blood/glucose levels. Please ask any question here on this site about diabetes and how best to control it, for you will find more practical information and sensible help here, than any that the NHS currently has to offer us. Best wishes for the future now that you have started on the diabetic road.