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Type 2 diabetes: Doctor names the supplements that could help improve glucose control

Type 2 diabetes can be a 'devastating diagnosis' says expert

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Working in association with CurLin, a supplier of diabetes supplements, Dr Sarah Brewer says that there are few supplements can be used to treat type 2 diabetes.

Dr Brewer said: “Many supplements have a beneficial role to play in improving type 2 diabetes eg chromium, cinnamon, turmeric, and a blend of Ayurvedic herbs called Curalin.”

“Some improve the production and release of insulin hormone in the pancreas, some reduce insulin resistance in muscle and fat cells, so they are better able to absorb glucose, while others reduce the production of new glucose in the liver.

“A few supplements even work by blocking the effect of gut enzymes to slow the release of glucose from food.”

The doctor added: “If your type 2 diabetes is being managed by diet and lifestyle alone, supplements can help to improve your glucose control.”

However, when it comes to supplements and medication, Dr Brewer recommended: “If you are taking any medication, however, always talk to your doctor before taking supplements and follow their advice.”

Type 2 diabetes affects around 90 percent of people who have diabetes in the UK.

The charity Diabetes UK recently released a study that found that cases of diabetes have doubled since 2006.

Due to how common type 2 diabetes is, there is a lot of information about the symptoms and a number of effective treatments.

The NHS says signs of type 2 diabetes include peeing more than usual, particularly at night, feeling thirsty all of the time, feeling very tired, losing weight without trying to and itching around your penis and vagina.

Additional symptoms are cuts or wounds taking a long time to heal and blurred vision.

With regard to risk factors, you’re at greater risk if you’re over 40 (or over 25 for South Asian people), if you have a close relative with diabetes, you’re overweight or obese or if you’re of Asian, African-Caribbean or black African origin.

The NHS has a type 2 diabetes checker that allows you to check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

It is recommended that you see a GP if you have any symptoms of type 2 diabetes or you’re worried that you have a higher-than-average risk of developing it.

As mentioned, there are a number of treatments you can be prescribed to manage your diabetes.

The first is medication to help lower your blood sugar level.

Your GP will likely prescribe you metformin first.

If this doesn’t work, you may be tried on another medicine.

Another way to manage your blood sugar level is through a healthy diet.

Eating a wide range of foods and keeping active will both be effective at helping to manage your diabetes.

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