This article is based on Mayo Clinic’s content.

What is diabetes mellitus?

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect the way the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital for health as a primary source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and tissues. It is also the brain’s main fuel source.

If you have diabetes, of either type, you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may differ, and this excess glucose can cause serious health problems.

Diseases of chronic diabetes include type 1 and type 2 diabetes.Pre-diabetes (when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes) and gestational diabetes (which occurs during pregnancy, but can be resolved after giving birth to the baby) and both diabetes diseases that are can be reversed.

Do you want to know more about diabetes?

We recommend that you continue reading the pages in Diabetes UK on the Diabetes: Basics public page.

Which mushrooms have useful properties for diabetes?

Coprinus

Sugar balancing. This rare mushroom contains specific compounds that have the ability to balance blood sugar levels. Glucomannancontained in this mushroom has the ability to regulate the body sugar levels in the blood stream. Furthermore, Coprinus has been studied in cases of obesity, metabolic problems and problems related to healthy functioning of the pancreas.

Reishi

Reishi also has shown effects in decreasing blood sugar by modulating the mechanisms in the body .

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