Diabetes is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK.
It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin.
Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
You could lower your risk of diabetes by making some diet or lifestyle changes.
One of the best foods to add to your diabetes diet is sweet potato, revealed the Cleveland Clinic.
It has a low glycaemic index, which means eating sweet potato doesn’t cause a sudden rise in blood sugar.
The vegetable provides important nutrients all diabetes patients need to stay healthy, it added.
Medical website LiveStrong said: “Sweet potatoes are a good food choice for diabetics as they are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index.
“Foods with a low glycaemic index have less of an immediate impact on blood glucose levels, and therefore can help diabetics control their blood sugar.
“For diabetics, certain cooking methods are more conducive to managing blood sugar levels.
“Boiled or mashed sweet potatoes, for instance, are not recommended as they are digested faster, thus increasing their glycemic index and possibly causing blood sugar levels to spike.
“Similar to fibre, fat will slow the rate of digestion and therefore maintain the low glycemic index, so a cooking method for sweet potatoes that is good for diabetics is sautéing in oil with the skins on.”
You could also lower your risk of diabetes by eating more cruciferous vegetables, said the Cleveland Clinic.
Try adding more broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale to your diet, it said.
It’s crucial to all diabetics are diagnosed as early as possible, as the condition raises the risk of some deadly complications, including strokes and heart disease.
But, some people may not even know they have diabetes, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, feeling very tired, and having blurred vision.
Having an unquenchable thirst, and feeling excessively hungry could also be warning signs of diabetes.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.
People most at risk of diabetes are those that are overweight or obese, are 45 years old or over, or have high blood pressure.