In surveying the various applications for CBD in terms of its impact in preventing and treating a wide variety of health conditions experienced by people all around the world, we have covered a lot of ground and noticed some interesting tendencies and trends.
Today, were going to take a close look at how diabetes plays into this narrative, and we will find below that it both confirms and challenges some of these ideas.
Diabetes falls into a group of disorders known as metabolic disorders. The issue here has to do with the instantiation of sustained high blood sugar levels and the deleterious effects that that can have for a number of different facets of human physiology.
At present, diabetes is one of the most widespread and prevalent health conditions experienced by people in the world today. Remarkably, recent statistics suggest that as much as 10% of the population of the United States is affected.
This rate is especially high when compared to the rest of the world. But even so, it is thought that over 370 million people are affected by diabetes around the world. Furthermore, and possibly more remarkably, it would appear that six out of every 10 of these people actually don’t realize that they suffer from diabetes in the first place.
In fact, diabetes is a specific dysfunction of a hormone (insulin). The role of this hormone is to provide for the transportation of glucose in the bloodstream throughout the body and into the cells.
Glucose is the principle form that energy takes in the body. It’s something like the body’s version of oil. Think of insulin as like a system of oil pipelines and tankers. You can imagine what would happen if a number of oil tankers were unable to make it to port.
You would soon see the lights turned off all around the town. This is something like what happens inside the body when insulin levels drop.
It is also important to understand that there are two very different types of diabetes.
Type I diabetes is a condition generally defined by a misappropriated attack from the immune system upon specific areas of the pancreas. The result is a lowering of the total production of insulin – which itself is produced in the pancreas. When this happens, various forms of sugars circulating through the body in the bloodstream are not able to transport themselves into the cells to be used as energy.
Type II diabetes, by contrast, results from an excess of fatty tissue actually blocking the transportation of insulin from the bloodstream and into the cell. This causes glucose to build up in the bloodstream. When this happens, the pancreas is signaled to produce extra insulin to remove the sugar.
However because this transportation mechanism is still dysfunctional, the final result of this exercise is eventual damage to the pancreas itself. Fortunately, there is a cure to type II diabetes: weight loss and exercise.
CBD and Diabetes
There are a number of different ways in which CBD can positively impact the life experience of a diabetic individual. We will look at a few here.
The first and most important insight is that CBD functions to regulate insulin levels in the body. As we have discussed, the endocannabinoid system is integral to many of the regulatory functions of the body. Insulin regulation is another example of this trend.
According to the American Journal of Medicine, studies have shown that CBD can lower insulin levels and balance the system dependent upon insulin in a manner that is unmatched among therapeutic options, according to data.
In addition, more research is suggesting that CBD actually can regulate the appetite.
Finally, it has been found the diabetes can lead to a condition known as retinopathy – damage to the retina and the leading cause of blindness for those with diabetes. The ultimate cause is actually abnormal blood flow, but this is driven by the various facets of the diabetes condition. Crucially, CBD has been shown to block the process that causes the degradation of blood vessels surrounding the eye and leading to diabetic retinopathy.
More research is needed, but this appears to be a potential breakthrough result with possibly massive implications.