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What is Diabetes?
According the the American Diabetes Association, “Diabetes is a class of metabolic disorders in which high blood sugar levels are sustained over a prolonged period (lifelong in major cases). It is prevalent throughout the whole world, and in 2015, its reach grew to 30.3 million Americans or 10% of the population. According to CBS NEWS, approximately 371 million people are affected by diabetes globally, and more than 60% of these people (187 million) are unaware of their condition. In general, diabetes is a dysfunction of the hormone insulin, which carries blood glucose into the cell from the blood. This is crucial to survival because blood sugar is the body’s energy source. There are two types of diabetes with completely different causes and mechanisms."
Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells become unable to process insulin due to excess fat physically blocking its entrance to the cell. This causes a buildup of glucose in the blood stream, which induces your pancreas to produce more insulin to remove the sugar, which still doesn’t work at the cellular level and ends with the pancreas becoming damaged from overuse. The only cure for this condition is to lose weight and engage in physical activity.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which your immune system attacks cells in your pancreas, resulting in lowered production of insulin. Without insulin, sugar remains in the blood stream and doesn’t enter the cells where it is needed.”
CBD and Diabetes
As you know, the internet is brimming with information on CBD’s medical uses, like CBD and Arthritis, CBD for anxiety, and CBD for depression. As with most conditions Diabetes is resultant of systemic imbalance, CBD has shown a powerful impact in regulating the symptoms of diabetes if not curbing them completely. According to records of The American Journal Of Medicines, there is a strong multi-level correlation between endocannabinoids and peripheral metabolic processes.
Studies also demonstrate that CBD users had lower prevalence of diabetes compared with individuals who had never consumed CBD. Cannabidiol has even shown that it can assist the body in regulating insulin levels. As claimed by the American Journal of Medicine, out of 4657 individuals, 579 were active CBD users and 1975 had used it at least once before. CBD use was associated with lower insulin rates. The scientists discovered that the prevailing users of CBD had 16% to 20% lower fasting insulin levels than the patients who had never used CBD. The ECS is “critically involved in every step” of the insulin-mediated metabolic process in humans, and CBD hyper-balances this system unlike any other supplement.
What Does This Mean For You?!
This means that in conjunction with your regularly prescribed medication, diet and exercise, CBD can really help your Diabetes symptoms! As always, it’s important to check with your primary care physician before starting a CBD regimen for diabetes, but studies show positive results and hopefully you will encounter the same positive results once you begin!