I'm ten years younger than you, and was diagnosed ten years ago with Type II Diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. If I had stumbled upon Paleo ten years ago, I would have even better control of my meter readings and A1C than I currently do - in spite of the fact that my doctor refers to me as her model Diabetes patient. The Diabetic Nutrition courses or RD visit your doctor may order are a waste of your time and will most likely recommend ingesting too many carbs to keep your blood sugar under control.
What I would recommend for the best possible control: Focus on food quality such as grass fed protein and pesticide free produce if you are able. Limit the fruit to one modest portion a day max, combine low sugar berries or apples with a fat source. Focus on high quality proteins (high fat meats and fish), eggs, nuts (Macadamia and Almonds are good choices), avocado, a variety of leafy greens and colorful low starch veggies. Hiqh quality fats are key - grass fed butter, EVOO, coconut oil, MCT oil, high fat dairy. Add fat to meat and veggies wherever is feasible to keep yourself satiated and blood glucose stable, keep your carbs between 30-50 for excellent blood glucose control and successful weigh management. Grains, sugars, and starchy veggies will only make glucose control more challenging.
If you haven't viewed the sites already, I'd advise you to check out Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl, and purchase her books on Diabetes and Low Carb Eating - clear, straight forward, jargon free. Whole 9 and Peter Attia's Eating Academy are also great sites. Check out the Facebook pages IPMG and Nutrition and Metabolism Society.
Focus on sufficient, high quality sleep. No matter how clean you eat, poor sleep and illness will spike your blood sugar. Stress will do the same. Exercise a few days a week or more doing what is sustainable for you. Test your fasting blood sugars daily with a goal of 120 or less. Do your best to keep your post meal time blood sugars no higher than 140 within 60 minutes of a meal.
Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.