It’s estimated that 3.5 million people in the UK have diabetes. This number equates to 6% of the population in the UK or 1 in every 16 people having diabetes.
Scary numbers! Is diabetes one of the many conditions and diseases that CBD may help?
We wanted to research and look into whether CBD and diabetes may work together and if it may help prevent those numbers from growing.
How may CBD help diabetes?
There is plenty of research on CBD and if it helps with certain conditions. Lots of research on whether medical cannabis works with diabetes implies that CBD may help with stabilising blood sugars. As well as preventing nerve inflammation and lowering a person’s blood pressure over time.
Research also shows that cannabinoids may be more effective than existing diabetes medication. But, there is still lots more research to do and we advise that people consult with their doctor first before considering coming off their medications.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) may have something to do with obesity and type 2 diabetes. The imbalance of the ECS may be one reason why people find it difficult to lose weight.
Unlike THC, which gives people the ‘munchies’, CBD may help to suppress appetite. By suppressing the appetite this will help people to re-balance the endocannabinoid system by increasing the breakdown of fat and promoting an increased metabolism.
CBD won’t cure diabetes, or even completely treat the condition, yet CBD may help people manage their blood glucose levels better and suffer from less blood glucose fluctuation, so it acts as a compliment to conventional medication and treatment.
Another way CBD may be a suitable option for type 2 diabetes is down to insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is a big contribution to the disease. The anti-inflammatory abilities of CBD may help improve a person’s body sugar metabolism. As well as suppressing the short inflammation reaction to sugar ingestion. Also providing health benefits to prevent further complications that stem from type 2 diabetes.
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What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition which causes a person’s blood sugar levels to rise. The condition is a group of metabolic and autoimmune diseases that result in high blood sugar.
There are two different types of diabetes, even though they both revolve around insulin they are very different.
Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM), happens when the body’s own immune system destroys the pancreas.
The pancreas is the part of the body where the production of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar to energy and helps to store sugar for future use.
Type 2 diabetes, known as non-insulin dependent diabetes (NIDDM occurs when insulin production is normal yet it is being used properly. This is also known as insulin resistance.
Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1. In the UK it’s estimated that 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
High blood sugar from either type 1 or type 2 may result in severe organ damage, including
– kidney damage
– liver damage
– cardiovascular disease.
Symptoms of diabetes
The most common signs and symptoms of diabetes are:
– Going to the toilet frequently
– Being really thirsty
– Feeling more tired than usual
– Losing weight without trying to
– Genital itching or thrush
– Cuts and wounds that take longer to heal
– Blurred vision
Despite these being the most common symptoms, they aren’t very common. Some people don’t experience any symptoms, 6 out of 10 people have no symptoms when they’re first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The causes of diabetes
Insulin is the hormone in the body which controls the amount of sugar in the blood. When people digest their food insulin enters their blood stream. The insulin then moves the glucose out of the blood and into the cells, It is then broken down to produce energy.
Yet for those with diabetes this does not happen. Their body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is due to there’s either not enough insulin to make glucose. Or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.
Treatments for diabetes
For people with type 1 diabetes they will use an insulin pump. The use of an insulin injection or pump is one of the only successful ways to treat type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes may need medication to help manage their blood sugar levels.
Some medication stimulates the pancreas to promote insulin production. Often people are ‘prescribed’ weight loss to help with their type 2 diabetes. Plenty of research shows that weight loss may help to put type 2 diabetes in remission.
If you or someone you know is considering to start using CBD oil to help with their diabetes please seek advice from a medical professional or consult your doctor first. If you would like any professional advice head to www.ukcannabisclinic.com and they will be able to help with even the simplest of issues.
We have compiled some of the research conducted on CBD and Diabetes. The research details what they hoped to achieve and what the actual outcome was. Looking at the research it shows that CBD and Diabetes may be a good match.