Scientists in Scotland have identified a potential new herbal treatment for type 2 diabetes.
The blaeberry is a type of berry common to the Scottish Highlands. It is already believed to help lower the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease, while the leaves are also used in traditional folk medicine for digestive problems and to help prevent infections and skin diseases.
Now researchers at the world-renowned Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at Aberdeen University believe blaeberry (also known as bilberry) may also lower sugar intake if added to a meal and therefore play a vital role in protecting against type 2 diabetes.
To test this theory, the team are looking to recruit people aged between 40 and 70 years who feel they may be overweight, as well as people in the same age group who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but not on any medication, to take part in a study.
Dr Nigel Hoggard, who is leading the study, said the research “could potentially provide us with extremely important findings.
“However as is always the case with these areas of research, we really do need the public to help us by volunteering to take part.”
He added: “We are always keen to hear from anyone who may wish to take part in any of our studies and would be delighted to provide anyone with any more information they need.”

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