Yes, you will have to monitor your blood sugar. Likely 4 times daily. Honestly, the finger pricks really don't hurt (I am able to get a sample from the shallowest setting). Hopefully you will be able to control it with diet, but the only way to know how your body is responding is by testing your glucose levels.
Yep. Sorry, for me the price of the strips is worse than the poking. Fingers crossed for diet being enough!