Hi. Had a blood test Monday (1 April), got a phone call from my GP yesterday (4th April) to come in today. Saw the nurse who basically told me nothing except my reading from the blood test was 55, so I am diabetic. She printed out 4 pages of info, asked me if I want to start taking metformin (l don't) and signed me up for DESMOND. I asked about a testing kit and was told I might get one if I have to start injections! Told me I needed to exercise more and should cut out fats as much as possible!? My sister thinks I should follow her diet advice (same advice is in the print outs nurse gave me. My questions: 1) sister thinks I should give up whole milk in favour of semi or skimmed. I can't drink tea black so I need something. Whole, semi or skimmed? 2) I recently joined a gym to get moving more and lose weight. I'm retired so can go to the gym any time and am going 3-4 times a week. Too much? 3) Info on print out said I should monitor my blood sugar before exercise but I can't get a kit on prescription! Are they mad or is it me? Thanks for any advice.