Did you say CBD helps with Diabetes? It is essential to know that Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound gaining a lot of popularity in the natural health world.
CBD for Diabetes
Diabetes, is an unfortunate and often misunderstood disease. We can relate to that as CBD is often quickly judged for its THC counterpart and heavily misunderstood. While I will get into what Diabetes is and how it works, firstly, let’s talk about the relationship CBD has with the treatment of Diabetes. The FDA has one CBD oil approved drug on the market. It is used to treat two types of Epilepsy. Therefore, there is no prescription for CBD oil to treat Diabetes. However, that is like saying water isn’t technically prescribed to treat dehydration. If it works, you don’t need the FDA to slap a label on it right?
Alright, relax, I am not making outlandish claims of a magic cure-all. Like always, I have science on my side. There are lots of studies in the works devoted to understanding the role CBD oil plays in the treatment of diabetes. There are several animal and human studies that already show evidence that CBD oil helps control blood sugar, calm inflammation, and ease nerve pain from diabetes. In addition, it also shows to be an effective prevention method in the development of diabetes.
Let’s Get Some Perspective Here
We need to change the narrative about diabetes. Gone are the days that we should believe this disease is caused by poor diet and the overeating of sugar. The tale of sugar-induced diabetes changes today! Sorry, I am getting preachy. Okay, we are going to take this down a notch and just start with a little enlightenment for those in the back row that do not know what we are talking about.
I’ll start by answering some of the most common questions…
Types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: We do not know what causes type 1 diabetes. What we do know is that your immune system attacks the cells in your body that are insulin-producing. Therefore, leaves no insulin and causes a build up of sugar in the blood stream.
- Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes: In this case a person’s cells become resistant to insulin. Your pancreas is responsible for producing insulin and is unable to make enough to overcome the resistance. Genetics and environmental factors play a role in developing type 2 diabetes. Because of this, weight is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, not every person with type 2 diabetes is overweight.
- Gestational diabetes: Occurs during pregnancy. Oh, the troubles a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy… sorry, memories. In this case your body is producing hormones to sustain the pregnancy. Unfortunately, these hormones make the cells more resistant to insulin. Now, normally during pregnancy the pancreas will produce enough insulin to overcome this, but sometimes it just can’t keep up. So, when this happens, not enough sugar gets in the cells and too much gets in the blood causing gestational diabetes.
A person suffering from this disease for long-term with less control of their blood sugar are at higher risk of complications. Complications can include:
- Cardiovascular disease: Those with this disease are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
- Nerve damage: Sugar damages nerves. Therefore, can leave a diabetic to lose feeling in limbs, develop digestion problems, and in men erectile dysfunction.
- Kidney damage: This disease can damage the necessary filtration that the kidneys provide. Severe damage can lead to kidney failure.
- Eye damage: Diabetes can lead to blindness, cataracts, and glaucoma
- Foot damage: Because of poor circulation caused by the disease wounds heal poorly and may become infected. In the worst cases this can result in the loss of limbs.
- Skin conditions: May cause bacterial or fungal infections
- Hearing impairment: Hearing issues are more likely in people with diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease: Type 2 can increase the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Depression: Depression can affect the management of diabetes patients and is unfortunately a common effect of the disease.
What the research says:
There is this agency called the FDA… You may have heard of them. They are the ones that decide what drugs are classified as safe to use for different illnesses/diseases. This agency even gets to decide if scientists will receive funding to research in depth the effects a drug has on different diseases. Now, CBD has been around for a very long time, but proving its benefits to the FDA takes time. The FDA has approved the use of CBD oil in seizure medication! Go scientists. Now we are working on more. We know the benefits CBD has on the many body systems and it’s our time to prove it.
Scientists have been funded to a limited capacity to continue their research into the role CBD plays in the treatment of diabetes. I told you I would bring the science.
What we know so far…
We will start with animal trials. Oh rats! Get it? Not funny? Okay, moving on. While one study showed that patients with less blood flow taking CBD cut down their hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), lowered cholesterol and bad fats levels, and increased insulin production. Another study showed that the use of CBD helped prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Firstly, it’s not just the rats my friends! There have been multiple studies on humans that also support the benefits CBD oil has on diabetes regulation and prevention. One study tested 4,657 patients over a period of 5 years, it was determined that the regular use of CBD was linked to better blood sugar. Furthermore, the consistent CBD users displayed a reduction in fasting insulin levels and decrease in insulin resistance levels. The researchers concluded that there is a SIGNIFICANT link between CBD use and better blood sugar.
Research shows, the use of CBD oil benefits the secondary effects of diabetes; depression, anxiety, insomnia and nerve damage by up to 30%. There is also promising evidence that CBD can be used to treat diabetic retinopathy and even cardiac dysfunction. Are you as excited as I am? Science is the best.
What does all this mean?
All in all, CBD has shown and continues to show that it has a significant effect on the body’s functions in many ways. Additionally, research shows CBD helps in the prevention and maintenance of diabetic symptoms. Scientists have data that suggests that CBD lowers cholesterol, cuts down hyperglycemia, reduces fasting insulin levels, and decreases insulin resistance. In conclusion, all this data means that CBD is working to help the body in fighting this disease.
*Discuss with your doctor your plans to use CBD oil for your diabetes prior to use.
BY: KELLY COULTER
Kelly researches and writes about the use of CBD in the fitness and health community. She holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. When she isn’t running an in-school Bootcamp class for 7th and 8th graders, teaching science for 6th and 7th graders, or coaching kids classes at her local gym, she is chasing her son Dominic around and leading a life of example with regular training, food prep weekends, and an active, healthy lifestyle. She previously ran the athletic department for her Charter School but has since passed the torch to her Assistant Direc