The 89-year-old legendary blues musician BB King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital last weekend for extreme dehydration. Sources close to him confirmed that the dehydration was a result of his Type 2 diabetes. King has been fighting with diabetes for more than two decades now. This is the musician’s second brush with diabetes-related dehydration, which he also suffered from last year and was forced to cancel a couple of shows.

Diabetes-Related Dehydration
People who suffer from diabetes face an increased risk of dehydration due to elevated blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar levels are above normal, your kidneys try to get rid of the excess by making more urine. Increased urination means increased loss of water, which leads to dehydration. The body also removes water from other sources within the body such as saliva and tears. This is why we have dry mouth and dry eyes when the blood glucose levels are high.

The basic symptoms are:

  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Dark yellow colored (concentrated) urine
  • Headache and confusion

Severe dehydration can result in various complications and requires immediate medical attention. While all these complications come with diabetes, there are ways to prevent the condition naturally with herbs. Here are three herbs that can treat it.

1. Ginseng
Known for its immune-boosting properties, ginseng is an effective remedy for diabetes.[1] Ginseng slows the absorption of carbohydrates, improves the ability of cells to utilize glucose and stimulates the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, thus regulating your blood sugar levels. [2]
How To Take It: Enjoy the diabetic-friendly properties of ginseng by making a tea with 1tsp of dried ginseng and a cup of water. Here are 10 ways ginseng tea can benefit your health.

2. Bilberry
Bilberry is loaded with antioxidants that improve the functioning of pancreas and protect them from the damage of free radicals.[3] It is also known to prevent diabetes-related damage to the blood vessels, thus guarding against eye problems.[4]
How To Take It: Steep a tea using fresh or dried berries (five to eight) in one cup of hot water.

3. Cinnamon
A popular flavoring spice, cinnamon is known for its varied health benefits. Several studies have outlined the benefits of this spice in the reduction of risk factors related to both diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.[5] It is also an excellent weight loss food and helps in maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of diabetes.
How To Take It: Add cinnamon sticks to your herbal teas or sprinkle some cinnamon powder over your morning rolls and muffins. You can add it to your soups as well.

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3. Chu W, Cheung SCM, Lau RAW, Benzie IFF. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2011. Chapter 4.PubMed PMID: 22593936.

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With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.