Diabetes type 2 symptoms appear when the condition develops, which tends to be later in life.
It happens because of problems with the hormone insulin, meaning the body can’t absorb sugar from the blood properly.
Treatment for the condition focuses on controlling these levels which is important as high blood sugar, or hyperglycaemia, can lead to life-threatening problems such as a diabetic coma and severe dehydration.
It may be possible to reverse your diabetes by trying these steps.
Answering for the Mayo Clinic, Regina Castro, based in the US, says that diabetics can eat these snacks before going to bed.
“If you have diabetes, late-night snacks aren’t necessarily off-limits, but it’s important to make wise choices,” says Castro.
“Late-night snacks add extra calories, which can lead to weight gain.
“And if you snack after your evening meal – especially if the foods contain carbohydrates – you may wake up the next morning with a high blood sugar level.”
She says that snacks you should choose include ‘free’ foods, or foods with few calories.
Snacks diabetics could eat before bed include one sugar-free frozen cream pop, five baby carrots, one cup of light popcorn, a handful of crackers or a can of diet soda.
“You could also swap them for a piece of gum or small hard candy,” she said.
Diabetes.co.uk warns that high blood sugar levels can impact your sleep.
“It may be that the high levels make it less comfortable for you to sleep – it may make you feel too warm or irritable and unsettled,” they continue.
Healthline, a medical advice website based in America, suggests eating a high-fibre, low-fat snack before bed to avoid a spike in blood sugar during the early morning.
“Whole-wheat crackers with cheese or an apple with peanut butter are two good choices,” it says.
Like the Mayo Clinic, it also recommends keeping portion sizes small.
“Eating too much before bed can contribute to weight gain, which is counterproductive when you have diabetes,” it says.
“Foods can affect different people’s blood sugar in different ways.
“Monitor your blood sugar in the morning to help determine how much and what type of a snack may be best for you.”
It also recommends steering clear of stimulants before bed, such as coffee, taking a walk so that insulin is working more efficiently, and preparing your bedroom for sleep.