Hi All! Apologies in advance for a long, possibly ranting at times, post and I don't even know where to start! I'm newly diagnosed (this week) as Type 2 following an initial blood test 3 weeks ago that showed a HbA1c of 97. My last blood test 12months ago had a HbA1c of 47, at this stage, my diet had been all over the place and the nurse readily accepted this as an excuse so there was no further follow up and honestly, I didn't think about it again - there was too much going on with my familys health to worry about myself. The nurse thought that such a jump could be an error and everything else was where it should be but using my dad's monitor gave a reading of 18.2 mmol/L so I figured it probably wasn't wrong - I started my research and changed my diet straight away. All of that aside, I have lost 3.5st since that test last year following Slimming World (which will start me on a whole other rambling rant so I'll leave that there!) - the last thing I expected when I went in for my blood test was the result I got!!! I have been under alot of stress in recent months and my anxiety has gone through the roof, I've spent the last 2 months working on managing the anxiety and decreasing my stress, and then came the blood test and a wake up call. My second test this week was 86. My Doctor has put me on Metformin 500mg, 1 a day this week and increasing to 2 a day (1000mg) next week. Other than this he has told me to go enjoy my hols (off to Orlando for 2 weeks in early September) and to come back 2 - 4 weeks after I come home for another test and that he will see me 3 times between now and xmas. That's it, no other info, no other advice only to continue the changes I had made in the 2 weeks since the initial test. (Basically ditching SW, implemementing a lower carb diet and generally just educating myself where I could) So the emotions have been rampant this week - Monday and Tuesday were tears, generally overwhelmed, denial, anger and disappointment at myself for not paying attention to myself and a whole load more tears... Wednesday I threw myself back into research and by Thursday I am feeling more positive. It helps that in the last 3 weeks, the change in my diet alone has helped me realise how ill I was feeling on a daily basis. I have more energy, I'm sleeping better, I don't feel as thirsty (still drinking over 2l of water a day plus tea or coffee and 'zero' drinks - I made the massive change of changing from Diet Coke to Coke Zero ) and I'm not getting the same headaches I was either. In general, I feel better, I feel good! I got my own monitor, the doctor didn't want to give me one and I've been monitoring my numbers, they aren't where they need to be just yet but they are coming down day by day. This mornings reading on waking was 7.6 mmol/L - I'm still figuring out what food causes bigger spikes than others but I'd be lost and completely out of my depth without the monitor! On the plus side, I'm 9lbs down since the initial test Alot of well meant advice from friends and family has been tiring - the do this, eat that, avoid sugar like the plague, 'of course you can eat potatoes' conversations are wearying, from my family moreso, my friends have been more like what do you need to do, how can we help - which is what I need, I don't need the conversations over every meal about why mashed potatoes are higher GI than boiled... it's not productive! I wish I could vocalize that though, no such luck though!! So, here I am, 5 days since my official diagnosis, 3 weeks since my intial test. My own research has led me to this forum and it's taken me several attempts to even write this message but I'm looking forward to learning more and getting to know people here If you made it this far, thanks for reading the typing was quite theraputic!!