Diabetes type 2 is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK. It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. But, you could lower your risk of diabetes symptoms by regularly eating turmeric, it’s been claimed.
Turmeric could help to lower your risk of high blood sugar, according to The Diabetes Council.
Its active ingredient, curcumin, could help patients to improve their insulin sensitivity, it said.
Diabetes patients that take turmeric supplements could significantly lower their blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, it added.
“Curcumin is the yellowish/orangish powder which gives turmeric its beautiful colour in curry powder,” said The Diabetes Council.
“It is widely used in many regions of the world for its pain-relieving features, improving digestion and liver functions.
“A study discovered that curcumin decreases blood [sugar] levels and improved the sensitivity of insulin by reducing serum free fatty acids and increasing fatty acid oxidation.
“Supplements containing curcumin significantly decreased fasting blood levels and insulin resistance in type 2 patients.
“Use of curcumin also led to a significant decrease in serum, triglyceride fats, and an increase in lipoprotein lipase.”
Regularly eating turmeric could also help to reduce inflammation in the body, improve digestion, and even boost your weight loss regime, it added.
Its antioxidant properties are crucial in fighting infection and inflammation, said The Diabetes Council.
But, you should speak to a doctor before adding any new supplements to your diabetes diet.
Many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include unexplained weight loss, passing more urine than normal, and feeling very tired.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including strokes and heart disease.
You could lower your risk of diabetes symptoms by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.