CBD Shows Potential As a Treatment for Diabetes

Posted on August 18, 2017
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About Diabetes

Diabetes is the term for a group of related metabolic disorders characterized by prolonged high blood sugar levels. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is present right from birth. Type 2 is due to improper eating habits and lifestyle.

Numerous lab studies suggest that both may benefit from treatment with CBD More than 30 million people in the US and nearly 400 million people around the world have diabetes, resulting in approximately 5 million deaths each year. In fact, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. It's on the rise, with 1.5 million new diagnoses in America each year. And that's not including prediabetes.

Up to 80% of diabetes patients that have had the disease for over a decade acquire a complication known as diabetic retinopathy, in which the cells of the retina are progressively damaged. This condition is responsible for approximately 12% of new cases of blindness each year in the USA. People with diabetes often experience nerve damage, which generally affects the hands and feet, but may affect any organ or region of the body. The damage may remain symptomless for some time, but in many cases, patients experience pain, tingling, and numbness.

As with most forms of nerve pain, it can be hard to treat with conventional painkillers. However, there is evidence to indicate that CBD may have a role to play in treatment.

CBD for Diabetes

The most crucial job of managing this disease is to maintain healthy blood pressure. CBD has been shown in lab studies to help regulate blood-sugar levels, preventing abnormal fluctuations. The human body naturally produces a family of molecules called endocannabinoids, which help to regulate a wide variety of bodily functions to promote good health. CBD, a cannabinoid found in hemp, mimics the action of human endocannabinoids.

A study published in 2009 investigated the pain-reducing effects of CBD in cases of diabetes-induced neuropathy in mice called, "The Endocannabinoid System and Plant-Derived Cannabinoids in Diabetes and Diabetic Complications." The authors found that repeated administration of CBD extracts “significantly relieved”the painful response to non-painful stimuli and restored the normal perception of pain. The treatment was also found to protect the liver against oxidative stress (which is believed to be a major contributing factor to developing neuropathy), and bring levels of nerve growth factor back up to normal.

In a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Pathology titled, "Neuroprotective and Blood-Retinal Barrier-Preserving Effects of Cannabidiol in Experimental Diabetes," diabetic rats were administered with CBD and tested to determine the rate of retinal cell death. It was shown that treatment with CBD significantly reduced oxidative stress and neurotoxicity – including levels of tumor necrosis factor-a, a substance that is known to be involved in the inflammatory response – and protected against retinal cell death and the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier.

As we’ve shown you, diabetes is a serious and life-threatening disease that requires professional medical attention. But there’s a lot you can do yourself to combat the effects of diabetes. Eat healthy, exercise, and give your body extra support by tapping into the health benefits that nature can provide.

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