Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when a person's body can no longer make insulin, can't make enough insulin or can't properly use insulin. Insulin is needed for glucose (sugar) to move from your blood into your muscle cells, where it is used for energy.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood. It's believed to be an autoimmune disease and is not preventable. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults and is generally associated with being overweight or obese.

The International Diabetes Federation lists family history, obesity and physical inactivity as risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Consuming too many calories from any combination of foods and drinks in the diet, if you don't use up enough energy, can lead to you becoming overweight or obese. All calories count, whatever food or drink they come from, including those from our drinks.

According to Diabetes UK, sugar can be consumed by people with diabetes, however it should be limited as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Drinks that contain low- or no-calorie sweeteners are an ideal option for people who are looking to reduce their calorie intake. They also help to offer people with diabetes a wider choice of food and drink. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has expressed its support of low- and no- calorie sweeteners for use by people with diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has stated: "Lifestyle changes aimed at weight control and increased physical activity are important objectives in the prevention of type 2 diabetes."

For further information, take a look at the Diabetes UK website.