Diabetes affects almost four million people in the UK, with around 90 per cent of all cases being caused by type 2 diabetes.
It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Making some small diet or lifestyle swaps could help to lower your chances of developing the high blood sugar condition.
But eating salted nuts could be life-threatening for diabetes patients, it’s been revealed.
Almost all types of nuts provide benefits for diabetes patients, said medical website Diabetes.co.uk.
But, salted nuts should be avoided by diabetics, as they could increase the risk of heart disease.
Eating too much salt raises the risk of heart complications, and diabetes patients are more likely to develop heart disease.
“Nuts provide a number of benefits for people with diabetes,” said Diabetes.co.uk.
“Almost all nuts offer something good for people with diabetes.
“Salted nuts, however, should be avoided. Excessive salt consumption is consistently linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
“People with diabetes have a significantly increased likelihood of developing heart disease.
“As many as 80 per cent of people with diabetes will die from a heart-related health problem.”
But many nuts have a positive effect on the heart, and should be added to a diabetes patient’s diet plan.
Almonds and walnuts both contain vitamin E, which reduces the development of pique in arteries.
Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to boost the amount of ‘good’ cholesterol in the body.
There aren’t any foods that diabetes patients should actively avoid, but they should limit the amount of fat, sugar and salt in their diet, said the NHS.
If you’re looking to make changes to your diet, it’s better to make small changes over a week, instead of changing all at once.
Some people may have diabetes without even knowing it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include feeling very tired, passing more urine than normal, and having blurred vision.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the warning signs or symptoms of diabetes.