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Berry plea gets good concentration of juice volunteers

Blueberry
Image caption The blueberry [pictured] belongs to the same family as the blaeberry

Researchers looking for volunteers to help see if the extract of blaeberries could treat diabetes have been inundated with interest after an appeal.

Experts from the University of Aberdeen are exploring if a concentrated capsule form of the fruit, which is part of the blueberry family, could help.

They announced on Wednesday they were looking for 60 overweight men, aged 40 to 70, with type 2 diabetes.

More than 100 have been in touch.

Dr Nigel Hoggard, from the University of Aberdeen's Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health, who is leading the study, told the BBC Scotland news website: "We've been delighted with the response to our call for volunteers for our study.

"We have received over 100 inquiries so far from people across the UK interested in getting involved, and we're asking those who fit the criteria for the study to continue to get in touch."

The volunteers, who will take part in a three-week study, would take the capsule three times a day.

The blaeberry is also known as the bilberry in some areas.

Those interested in volunteering for the study can contact Dr Hoggard on 01224 716655 or by e-mail at N.Hoggard@abdn.ac.uk.

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