Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, according to the NHS.
Without enough insulin, the body can’t convert sugar from the blood into energy.
Diabetes symptoms can include passing more urine than usual – particularly at night – and extreme fatigue.
But, adding coconut to your diet could help to regulate your blood sugar, a nutritionist has claimed.
Diabetes symptoms type 2: High blood sugar prevented by adding coconut to your diet
Coconut has a high glycaemic load, according to Dr Josh Axe.
Foods with a high glycaemic load are converted into sugar after being eaten faster.
That means the risk of high blood sugar is lower than eating foods with a low glycaemic load.
“The glycemic index of a food tells you about the blood glucose-raising potential of the food,” he said.
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“If you are fighting diabetes, stick to low glycemic foods like non-starchy vegetables, stone fruits and berries, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, organic meat, eggs, wild-caught fish, and raw pastured dairy.
“Type 2 diabetes is a completely preventable and reversible condition.
“With diet and lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting the disease or reverse the condition if you’ve already been diagnosed.”
Regular exercise and drinking alcohol in moderation could also help to prevent diabetes, the NHS added.
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Symptoms of the condition are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Having cuts or wounds that heal slowly, blurred vision and having itching around the penis or vagina are signs of diabetes.
The condition increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, verve damage and kidney disease.
See your GP if you think you may diabetes. Early diagnosis is very important, as the condition gets progressively worse.