Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin, according to the NHS.
Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in patients’ blood into useable energy.
Diabetes symptoms can include having an unquenchable thirst, always feeling hungry, and passing more urine than normal – especially at night.
But, you could lower your risk of high blood sugar by adding paprika to your shopping list, and by adding it to your diet, scientists have claimed.
Paprika could help to lower your blood sugar, it’s been reported.
Some types of the spice – including red, yellow and green paprika – contain the compound capsaicin,.
Capsaicin boosts glucose metabolism, and improves insulin sensitivity, according to South Korean scientists.
You could also boost your capsaicin intake by eating red peppers.
“Like many nutrient-rich foods and spices, paprika seems to have the potential to help regulate blood sugar levels and assist in treating diabetes,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
“When patients with diabetes consume paprika containing capsaicin, they better process the digestion and processing of sugars in the blood.”
Adding more paprika to your diet could also help to treat some cancers, autoimmune conditions and cardiovascular disease, according to the nutritionist.
It contains antioxidants that may help prevent damage to your eyes, he added.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet could also help to reduce symptoms of diabetes, the NHS said.
Doing regular exercise and taking regular blood tests is crucial to managing your blood sugar.
Left untreated, the blood sugar condition can lead to a number of life-threatening complications, including cardiovascular disease and kidney failure.
You should see a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of diabetes.