Hi All Diagnosed a month ago and found this fantastic site. Firstly, let me apologise up front if this sounds like a rant or a mad person speaking. Went for my first offical appointment with the Diabetic nurse yesterday who just happens to be the same practice nurse I see anyway. Ok so the opening sentence is "I can offer you the flu jab today" response "why" because "your diabetic" well blow me really .... anyway I refused stating I had never had the flu and honestly felt that I needed time to adjust before I start thinking about flu jab etc. To be asked the flu jab question just made me feel as if "i was sick". At this point she said I was in denial - I told her no not denial however just not willing to accept the situation at this she laughed and accused me of being silly denial and acceptance are the same thing. What I was trying to express was that I do not deny that the blood test came back high (7.3) non fasting (60) for the other however that had came down from (9.3) (70) from two weeks before. When the bloods had been taken I had just returned from 3 weeks in the USA where I had ate Mickey Mouse and a cruise ( so you get the picture in terms of food choice) and I had been experiencing severe anxiety. I explained that since mid Jan I had lost 25 lbs in weight and was exercising for one hr a day on the cross trainer. Her response was it may not matter and anyway I still had a further 21 kilos to lose which would bring me to 9 stone 6 ( I cant remember ever being 9 stone anything). Then the exercise was good but not the right type of exercise as I need to lose "abdominal girth" direct quote and should be doing sit ups etc. Then on to blood pressure - last time it was taken if was high 154/95 this time due to the weight loss and execise I believe it was down to 138/78 her response was "well really we need that below 130". So to sum up the weight loss is not enough, the exercise is good but not good enough, blood pressure is ok but needs to be better. All in all a very negative experience. I came away feeling defalted to say the least. I need to be feel in control of this and I was very positive that if I changed my lifestyle which ofcourse is the NHS matra that it would go away. Does this stablise with diet and exercise because according to this nurse it seems that no matter what I do I have no control and will be no meds no matter what.