Diabetes symptoms can cause serious long-term health problems if left untreated or not treated properly.
The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.
Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.
The best way of preventing and controlling diabetes type 2 is eating a balanced diet and exercising, but health experts, including Dr Sarah Brewer, say herbal supplements could help stabilise blood sugar levels.
Reviewing the evidence or the best natural herbs and supplements for diabetes when used individually, Dr Brewer recommends bitterstick (swertia chirata) supplemenets.
On her website states: “Bitterstick (swertia chirata), also known as Indian gentian or kariyatu, is traditionally used to reduce inflammation and lower blood glucose levels, and was selected for inclusion in CuraLin.
“Cell culture studies suggest Sweetie supplements have a blood glucose lowering activity due to the stimulation of insulin release from the pancreas.”
The foods you choose to eat in your daily diet can make a big difference, whether you’re living with diabetes or not.
What you eat for breakfast can impact your blood sugar levels, and experts at Healthline say opting for cereal in the morning could spell bad news.
The site states: “Eating cereal is one of the worst ways to start your day if you have diabetes.
“Despite the health claims on their boxes, most cereals are highly processed an contain far more carbs than man people realise.
“In addition, they provide very little protein, a nutrient that can help you feel full and satisfied while keeping your blood sugar levels stable during the day.”
And even ‘healthy’ breakfast cereals are not always good choices for those with diabetes.
It adds: “Just a half-cup serving (55g) of granola cereal contains 30 grams of digestible carbs.”
To keep blood sugar and hunger under control, it advices you should skip cereal and choose a protein-based low-carb breakfast instead.
Bupa says eating carbohydrates can make your blood sugar shoot up, so counting and using a glycemic index can be useful.
Matthew Freeby, MD, director of the Gonda Diabetes Center at UCLA Health, says another popular breakfast item that falls into the carbohydrate category should be avoided all together.
Speaking to Prevention, Mr Freeby said popular breakfast item, the bagel, should be crossed off the menu.
He explained: “Many of my patients with diabetes think about sugar as being the worst thing that’s impacting their blood sugar, but it’s really about carbohydrates.
“I tell them to look at nutrition labels for the total carbohydrate content, not just the sugar content.
“Donuts and bagels made with refined and processed grains are major sources of blood-sugar-spiking carbs.”