People with diabetes may have to take medication or insulin, or a combination of the two.
But making a few simple lifestyle changes can also produce real benefits and allow you to continue living a normal day-to-day life.
A healthy diet - cutting back on salt, sugar and fat, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking alcohol in moderation - is a good first step to managing your condition.
Physical activity can also help - exercise regularly for better blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cycling, walking and swimming are all recommended by Diabetes UK.
Giving up smoking is one of the most impoprtant things you can do to reduce the risk of long term diabetic complications.