I was diagnosed 18 months ago - my dentist figured it out. My gums were bleeding and displaying a pebbly texture, a symptom of gestational diabetes. Since I'm a guy - it was a good bet I wasn't pregnant. The next month my optometrist mentioned that my eyes seemed dehydrated - was I a diabetic? Finally admitted I was in denial and went to see my family doctor. Yup - my A1C was 17 plus! Glucose meter showed almost 300. He put me on metformin, and I gave up my daily sugar fix. My brother was a longtime Atkins advocate, and he loaned me his books. Totally changed my eating habits away from carbs and candy. Started eating more veggies, meats, nuts, and cheeses - no more pasta, potatos, bread, and rice. Said goodbye to the dozen chocolate covered donuts every weekend. Gave up my salt water taffy and chocolate candy. No more ice cream by the barrel. I lost 70 pounds in just a few months, and brought my A1C down to 6.5. Next checkup I was down 100 pounds, and A1C was 5.6. Here I am 18 months later, I gained some weight back (muscle, not fat), and my A1C has been 5.6 for a year. The doc took me off metformin yesterday, but I will continue to check my blood sugar several times a day. I am still a debo - but I'm in control. What is your story?