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DOES CBD WORK FOR DIABETES
Almost 10% of the US population has diabetes.
That's a crazy number considering the cost, suffering, and effects on health.
Another year, another 1.5 million people get the diagnosis.
That's over 1 million people who are being told their body is no longer correctly processing sugar.
We immediately go to food and exercise.
But at its core, diabetes is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease.
Get in line diabetes...all our modern diseases are autoimmune.
Turn on the TV and the pharma ad that shows will likely be for autoimmune disease.
It's big business.
Billions of dollars and the side effects are nasty!
What the ads won't tell you...autoimmune is right in CBD's wheelhouse!
It's one of the three major systems that the endocannabinoid system helps to regulate.
Let's dig deeper into this.
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What Is Diabetes – An Updated Look
Just a refresher course so we can get to how CBD works with diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes (Type 1 and 2) but the second is more prevalent.
That's the one that is acquired over time whereas Type 1 is congenital which means you're born with it.
They both involve the islet cells in the pancreas which release a hormone, insulin (among others).
Insulin is an important hormone that governs how sugar is used in the body.
If there's not enough insulin, sugar builds up in the bloodstream and it's pretty toxic to tissue in the body.
All kinds of very serious issues arise from this sugar overload
- Kidney failure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Organ failure
The issues affect every part of the body since sugar overload is systemic.
What happens to cause this failure in the pancreas and throughout the body?
Let's first answer a few questions, shall we!
Is Diabetes An Autoimmune Disease
For most people, yes.
Add this to the list of most modern diseases where our immune system is going haywire.
Instead of the joints like arthritis, the immune system is attacking the pancreas where islet cells reside.
We've touched base on why the immune system has lost its bearing in our How CBD Works and Beginner's Guide to CBD articles but a quick recap.
Quick refresher...we're swimming in a chemical soup...many of which disrupt or mimic hormones.
There are some important hormones that need to work pretty precisely for our body's usage and maintenance of sugar in the body.
FYI...insulin is a hormone!
In case you're fluent in Klingon, let's throw in some other hormones key for proper sugar management:
- Glucagon – controls the production of glucose and ketones (other fuel)
- GLP-1, GIP, and amylin – regulate mealtime insulin
- Epinephrine, Cortisol, and growth hormone
All intimately involved in diabetes.
The pancreas is the site of activity for all these hormones and their very coordinated balance.
There's that word..again...balance.
- We know Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune and the suspect is the T cell.
- Originally, Type 2 was thought to be the result of an excess of insulin not being able to function due to overuse.
It is tied to being overweight so the thought is that too much sugar basically overran the insulin process.
There's research pointing to it also having autoimmune and inflammatory roots as well: