Diabetes affects 30 million, or almost 10% of the total population, each day. Despite diabetes being the 7th leading cause of death in the United State, awareness about the disease is still relatively low. On World Diabetes Day, Green Roads is committed to help spread knowledge about the disease, and how patients are using CBD oil for diabetes and the symptoms associated with it.
What is Diabetes?
Glucose (sugar) is an important energy source found in foods like bread and fruit that is vital for cells to function properly. Glucose intake triggers the release of insulin in the body, a hormone produced in the pancreas responsible for turning glucose into energy and storing it in your system for use later.
Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body regulates and metabolizes glucose. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Commonly known as juvenile diabetes because it typically appears in children of a young age, Type 1 is generally considered the more complicated form of diabetes. It is a chronic, often genetic, incurable condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, considerably increasing the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and stroke. Type 1 patients need to take insulin through needle pens, syringes, catheters, or other injectors.
By far, the more prevalent form is Type 2, accounting for almost 95% of diabetes cases in adults. Type 2 used to be formerly known as adult-onset diabetes, but with the increasing rates of obesity among the general population, more children and teenagers are now developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is often characterized by high blood sugar and little production of insulin. It is also developed due to insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells are not able to process insulin effectively allowing glucose to build up in the blood. Almost 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Like Type 1, Type 2 diabetes also has no cure but it can be managed through self-care and medications.
As the name suggests, prediabetes is a condition that without intervention will often lead to Type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes consists of high levels of blood sugar that are almost high enough to trigger Type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes such as an improved diet and exercise can reverse prediabetes by bringing blood sugar levels back to normal.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Depending on the type and severity of each individual case, symptoms and signs of diabetes can vary, but more often than not will include:
- Frequent urination
- Feeling very thirsty
- Increased hunger and cravings
- Inexplicable weight loss
- Blurry vision
- Frequent infections, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Neuropathy, or pain and numbness in hands and feet
To find how to best fight the symptoms related to diabetes and prediabetes, consult a doctor. Through the use of medications and professional medical guidance, the risks associated with diabetes can be minimized.
CBD and Diabetes
Currently, thousands of diabetic and prediabetic patients use CBD as a supplement in their daily treatments. They have found that CBD is effective in treating a variety of symptoms linked to diabetes and prediabetes especially neuropathy or nerve damage. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is widely used to reduce pain and numbness caused by nerve inflammation. Additionally, this same anti-inflammatory effect can reduce arterial inflammation improving circulation and reducing blood pressure.
Most importantly, studies suggest hemp-derived products can help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes although there is conflicting evidence on this. Studies supporting CBD for diabetes note that insulin resistance is often linked to chronic inflammation in the pancreas which CBD can help reduce thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.