Type 2 diabetes does not intrude on your daily life in the beginning. In fact, it is so discreet, most people do not know they have it. The condition only shows its ugly side when rising blood sugar levels – caused by a dysfunction in the way the pancreas produces insulin – start to damage blood vessels in your body. The worst case scenario is that this internal rupturing leads to heart disease.
64 participants with type 2 diabetes were recruited, all of whom were aged between 30 and 60.
They consumed camomile tea three times per day immediately after meals for eight weeks.
A control group also followed this routine, but they drank water instead.
The camomile tea group had significantly reduced HbA1c (your average blood glucose (sugar) levels for the last two to three months) and serum insulin levels, as well as significantly increased total antioxidant capacity compared to those in the control group.
It shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when that food is eaten on its own.
Foods with a high GI ranking will send blood sugar levels soaring so are best to be avoided.
- Sugar and sugary foods.
- Sugary soft drinks.
- White bread.
- White rice.
Type 2 diabetes – how to spot it
Type 2 diabetes often goes undetected because the symptoms are often subtle or non-existent in the initial stages.
If you experience symptoms, the most common include:
- Urinating 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