Diabetes affects 415 million adults worldwide, including 4.5 million in the UK.
Symptoms include feeling thirsty, tired, needing to go to the toilet often and having blurry vision.
However, adding a popular snack to your diet could help reduce their severity.
Recent research has found almonds could help sufferers of type 2 – which accounts for 90 per cent of those with a diabetes diagnosis.
Almonds previously have been shown to lower high blood pressure, and linked to dementia prevention.
A study published this year in the Journal of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders discovered that a group of type 2 diabetes sufferers with raised cholesterol levels experienced benefits to heart health when they ate more almonds.
Researchers found that when the sufferers substituted whole, raw almonds for 20 per cent of their calorie intake their heart health improved.
Heart health can be at risk in diabetes sufferers, with heart disease a complication of the condition.
Managing blood sugar levels effectively can help protect the heart.
Additionally, another study, also published this year, in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism looked at the effect of adding 60g of almonds into the diet of a group of type 2 diabetes sufferers.
They discovered that the nut lowered fasting serum glucose levels – which measures blood sugar levels after fasting – by six per cent.
It also reduced haemoglobin A1c – which measures average blood sugar levels over a two to three month period – by three per cent.
The findings suggested that consuming almonds as part of a healthy balanced diet could help improve long-term blood sugar levels.
Aside from helping diabetes sufferers, almonds have a number of health benefits relevant to everyone.
They can aid weight loss, thanks to being low on the glycemic index and being high in protein.
Additionally, they contain lots of fibre and good dietary fats.
Nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium and potassium, can also be found in rich levels in the nut.