Hi, I was diagnosed 10 weeks ago with an HbA1c of 70, I got oodles of help from this forum, everyone is so friendly and eager to assist. I started a low carb diet, less than 100g a day immediately, but more recently I've reduced to 50 - 70g a day. I bought an SD Code Free meter and frequently check my levels. My HbA1c was down to 45 last week I rarely feel hungry and have lost a chunk of weight. I too have high BP, but those readings are coming down too. My cholesterol levels are borderline but I believe they take longer to improve, I have resisted Statins so far. Eating out has not been a problem so far in restaurants, we eat out at least once a week, I pick meals such as gammon and eggs, steak and (chips) and substitute salad for the chips. I've even considered ordering a burger with multiple added low carb fillings such as cheese, salad and bacon, and then leaving the bun! I haven't worked out if Chinese or Indian restaurants are doable yet though! I'm sure you'll find ways to deal with this even on your travels. It is a steep learning curve though, be warned!