Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or by the body not reacting to insulin, according to the NHS.
Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into energy.
Diabetes symptoms include feeling thirsty all the time, blurred vision and fatigue.
Controlling blood sugar is very important, as diabetes patients are more likely to develop life-threatening complications, including heart disease and strokes.
But, diabetes patients could benefit from eating porridge in the morning, it’s been claimed.
Porridge could help to control blood sugar in diabetes patients, according to medical website WebMD.
It’s made up of soluble fibre, which is slower to digest.
Foods that take longer to digest are better for diabetics, as they aren’t as likely to raise blood sugar.
Porridge is also better at maintaining blood sugar levels over a longer period of time.
“Porridge can help control blood sugar and the charity Diabetes UK recommends it to see you through the morning,” said WebMD.
“Not only does this high-quality carbohydrate offer a steadier source of energy than white bread, it can also help with weight loss.
“The soluble fibre in oats helps to keep us feeling fuller longer.
“That’s important for people with type 2 diabetes, who tend to be overweight.
“If you reduce the weight, you usually significantly improve the glucose control.”
You could prevent high blood sugar by eating a healthy, balanced diet, the NHS said.
There’s no specific foods that patients should avoid, but eating too much sugar, fat and salt isn’t recommended for diabetics.
Regular exercise could also help to control blood sugar, it said.
Diabetes patients should aim for about two and a half hours of activity every week.
Almost four million people in the UK have diabetes.