Despite immense strides in treatment, diabetes still causes around one in eight adult deaths in the UK, while poorly controlled diabetes can cut up to 20 years from your life expectancy.
The good news is that healthy eating - alongside other lifestyle changes and, if necessary drugs - dramatically reduces the risk of diabetic complications such as heart disease, amputations and blindness. It also reduces the risk of hypoglycaemic attacks caused by low blood sugar levels, and may even help prevent diabetes developing if you're at risk.
The Diabetes Healing Diet shows how show how wise food choices and a healthy lifestyle help people avoid the worse ravages of diabetes, including disability and even premature death.
Christine Craggs-Hinton is one of Sheldon's most longstanding authors, with an excellent sales track record. She lives in Tenerife.
Mark Greener is an award-winning medical writer and clinical editor of Pharmacy Magazine, based in Cambridge.