Type 2 diabetes – the popular herbal remedy shown to improve insulin and lower blood sugar – Express

One study reported that a bilberry extract reduced blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes more effectively than a placebo.

The extract provided the equivalent of 50 grams of fresh bilberries.

Another eight-week study showed that a diet enriched with fresh bilberries increased insulin secretion in adults with metabolic syndrome; a cluster of conditions that increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Experts believe that the berries prevent the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates in your gut, similarly to some blood-sugar-lowering medications.

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Type 2 diabetes – how to spot it

Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising – this is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision.

The NHS recommends seeing a GP if:

  • You have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes
  • You’re worried you may have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.