My name is Charles. I was first diagnoised with type2 diabetes in 1990 and was shocked. Doctor explained a lot of information to me and I was not really hearing, because there was so much being given to me in a shocken state of mind. What I did hear loud and clear was some of the damage that could be done if not controlled. At that time I chose to control my blood sugar with diet and exercise. I did quite well and after awhile my control went out of whack. I stopped exercising and started to eat as I always had in the past. During my next Dr visit I was put on oral medication. With the meds, diet and exercise; I got back in control of my blood sugar and hasn't had any problems controlling it since. I am presently taking metformin and glipizide twice a day and am very careful of how I eat (ice cream is my biggest weakness). I am at 200 lbs and 6 foot tall. Presently I am making myself smoothies and that is a meal for me and at times I use ice cream with RAW vegetables and fruits. I check blood sugar 3 X a day; staying from 89 to 130.