Diabetes 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.
Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, have been shown to promote good health and protect against diabetes, according to the Diabetes Council.
Taking turmeric supplements could “significantly” lower fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics, it said.
While it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for diabetes medication or diabetes care, the spice could help to manage your blood sugar levels.
“Research has shown that turmeric can be used effectively to treat high blood sugar levels,” said the Diabetes Council.
“In all research we have looked at, turmeric has come through a shining knight in armour.
“Both studies done on animal and human models demonstrate the efficacy of turmeric on blood glucose levels and preventing type 2 diabetes.
“Turmeric plays a key role in reversing pancreatic damage in people with diabetes.
“All this to say that turmeric is great in stabilising blood sugar levels which can make diabetes more manageable.”
You should speak to a doctor before adding any new dietary supplement to your diabetes diet, however.
It’s best to start with a small dose and work your way upwards, said the medical website.
But, avoid taking too much turmeric. High doses can lead to nausea, diarrhoea, liver problems, and low blood pressure, it warned.
You could also lower your blood sugar levels by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise, said the NHS.
There aren’t any foods that diabetes patients should actively avoid, but it’s important to limit the amount of fat, sugar and salt in your diet.
Controlling blood sugar is very important, as diabetes patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Diabetes symptoms include unexplained weight loss, feeling very tired, and blurred vision.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs of diabetes.