My first Diabetes Review, 31 July 19 • On Wednesday 31 July 2019 I saw my Diabetic nurse. It is two and a half months since I was first diagnosed. My initial HbA1c was 110, which is very high. • On Friday 5 July, I attended the NHS DESMOND one day training course for Type 2 diabetics. I found this very beneficial, particularly in confirming that I am doing all the right things in relation to food and exercise. • I’ve been following a low calorie diet. I’ve cut out all sugary drinks, biscuits, cakes, desserts, chocolate and ice cream. I try to keep to around 1600 calories each day. • In addition, I’ve been doing more exercise, mainly walking. I try to walk 6,000 steps each day whenever possible. • I use the Samsung Health App. This keeps a record of all the steps I take when I am out walking. I can also search for and add all the food which I eat each day and drinks and it calculates the number of calories which I eat. I can also record my hours of sleep. • When I achieve my goals, the App awards me with a certificate. It also shows me the trends over a number of days. • Since I was diagnosed on Friday 17 May 2019, I have lost 1 stone 4 lbs in weight. My blood pressure, which was previously very high at 147/, was on Wednesday 137/76. My Diabetic nurse was very pleased. • I do not know what my current HbA1c is as it is currently too early to check it. I have an appointment to have my blood tests done on Monday 19 August. I am hoping that it will have significantly reduced. • Thank you to all those Forum members who have given me their advice, help and support. I very much appreciate this. I’m not sure if I’m posting this correctly as it’s the first time but I hope so.