Several years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes (just over the limit - but still diabetic). I fortunately had a doctor who told me to change my lifestyle, or there was nothing she could do for me in two years. I did a lot of research, and changed my lifestyle. Within 6 months, I had lost a lot of weight, and was back in the normal sugar range. I stayed with that lifestyle change for a long time. Then I fell off the wagon - lots of reasons, no excuses. And I was pretty much back to my old habits. Gained 30 lbs, and my bloodwork showed me in the upper pre-diabetic range with a HA1C over the limit. Reality check - I can't eat everything I want, sit around all day, and stay healthy. So with renewed commitment, I went back to my healthy lifestyle, began exercising, and today my blood sugar was down well into the normal range! Don't know what my HA1C is, but I had to share this part of my success. I joined this forum hoping to get some inspiration and spread some health information to others who need it. Now I can do it from a position of wellness. It feels so good to be back on the healthy track!