My life partner is "type 2" diabetic. He uses sweeteners instead of sugar as he likes sweet things a lot.
We buy low GI bread and try to stick to fruit and vegetables that are classified as :"low GI". He also takes his medication that the doctor has prescribed which consists of tablets at this stage - he is trying hard to not have the diabetes get to the stage where he will have to go the insulin injection route.
You also get a number of natural products that assist in the control of diabetes.
Being a diabetic is not a death sentence - there are lots of sugar free products that you can buy albeit a lot more expensive than the rest.