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A condition that affects millions of people worldwide, diabetes is a hormone-deficient disease which can appear at an early age, or after significant prolonged stress to the body. It is split into two different types, Type-1 diabetes, and Type-2 diabetes. Type-1 often comes at a younger stage in life, for primarily unknown reasons, while Type-2 happens when the body begins rejecting insulin produced in the body as a result of ongoing pre-existing symptoms.
Insulin is one of the most important mechanics to the body’s metabolism, the center which directs the digestion of food as well as the passage of sugar within the blood. Sugar is vital to our blood glucose system, and a healthy insulin production helps break down these compounds into energy the body uses to get through the day. With people who do not have a healthy diet, a healthy blood-sugar is unable to be maintained, and over time this can complicate to the point of Type 2 diabetes.
Often, individuals with diabetes (and most notably Type 2) develop a high insulin resistance -making it hard or impossible for the body to break down these sugars. This promotes weight gain, thyroid malfunction, and other painful side-effects, most notably because their blood isn’t flowing or functioning properly to their metabolism. Not only this, but many people with diabetes suffer from poor eating habits as well, which often complicates their health even more.
Cannabis use can help with glucose control as well as the blockage of many dangerous insulin types in the body. This, in turn, stimulates the body’s appetite, which promotes a healthier appetite and food intake. Studies proving that cannabis is a diabetes prevention tool has been proven and shown incredibly inconclusive, this means that there is almost no evidence to show that it prevents the disease in itself and actually, with young users, may even signal a higher connection. Yet, despite this, it does help with weight loss in many people who have Type-2 diabetes. In each study conducted on the subject, individuals who were regular users of cannabis reported 17% less insulin resistance than those who had never used cannabis prior. As well, it was noted that regular cannabis users often had less body mass indexes as opposed to non-users, especially in the case of individuals with diabetes. Cannabinoids, split into 2 receptors, interact with the gastrointestinal system through the CB-2 receptor, which boosts the metabolism to an active state.
While cannabis can’t prevent the onset of diabetes, cannabinoids found in cannabis do interact with the body’s metabolism, and blood flow – which means a healthier blood glucose and a more balanced insulin resistance. As well, in terms of diabetes, this is the only thing that it necessarily addresses as further research in the field is needed to find future treatments.
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