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Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems if left untreated or not treated properly.

The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.

Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.

But the foods you choose to eat in your daily diet can make a big difference, whether you’re living with diabetes or not.

Diabetes UK says the key to managing and preventing diabetes is a balanced diet.

Diabetes diet: Eating these foods can help manage and prevent symptoms of condition

Fruit and vegetables

Whether it’s fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit in juice and canned vegetables, everyone should eat at least five portions a day, says Diabetes UK.

The charity suggests adding an apple, banana, or orange to your child’s lunchbox, eating sliced melon or grapefruit topped with low-fat yoghurt, or a handful of berries, or fresh dates, apricots or prunes for breakfast, and eating carrots, peas and green beans mixed up in a pasta bake.

Starchy foods

Try and include starchy foods every day.

You could try potatoes any way you like, with the skin left on for valuable fibre, covered in a low-fat topping such as cottage cheese or beans. But don’t fry the potatoes.

Two slices of multigrain toast with a scraping of spread and Marmite or peanut butter, and rice, pasta or noodles in risottos, salad or stir-fries are some other options.

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Diabetes diet: Eating a balanced diet can help manage and prevent diabetes