In one study, nettle leaf extract lowered blood glucose and A1C in a group of people with type 2 diabetes who were taking insulin as well as oral diabetes medications.
A1C is a blood test that measures your average blood glucose, or blood sugar, level over the past three months.
General tips to reducing risk of chronic diseases
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), active people generally live longer and are at less risk for serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.
In fact, exercising regularly can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50 percent and lower your risk of early death by up to 30 percent, says the NHS.