CBD and Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is hereditary, whereas type 2 can be caused by lifestyle factors like diet and level of activity. Symptoms of diabetes include feeling thirsty, tired and losing weight.
Diabetes is typically a lifelong condition so CBD cannot make it go away. However, it can help alleviate the symptoms and is being considered as a potential treatment to help people manage their condition, reducing the risk of side effects caused by high blood sugar levels.
What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid that is derived from the cannabis plant. It is legal to buy, sell and take CBD in the UK. It doesn’t give you the ‘high’ traditionally associated with cannabis, as it is a non-physcoactive compound, so you can take it every day as a natural supplement. In recent years CBD has grown in popularity with many different companies selling CBD. It’s important to buy from a reputable brand that sells high-quality, organic CBD. You should always read the lab reports a company provides as these will confirm the percentage of CBD in their products.
What does the Research on CBD and Diabetes Say?
A 2016 study found that CBD could help lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin production in people with type 2 diabetes. This study is significant because the tests were carried out on people rather than animals. There have been many studies on the different conditions related to diabetes. Scientists have found that CBD can help with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which happens when nerves are damaged by high blood sugar levels.
Hyperglycaemia is when blood sugar levels become too high and is a common problem for people with diabetes. In 2007, a study found that CBD could reduce the effects of hyperglycaemia. Another study found that CBD prevented retina cell death in relation to diabetic retinopathy which can cause blindness.
Can taking CBD Prevent Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented as it is related to genetic and hereditary factors. However, type 2 diabetes is often related to lifestyle. Being overweight or obese is thought to be one of the biggest risk factors for getting type 2 diabetes, combined with being older or having a family history of diabetes.
In 2006, a study found that taking CBD significantly reduced the risk of mice developing diabetes; 86% of the control group developed diabetes compared to 30% of those given CBD. This suggests that taking CBD as a daily plant-based supplement can help you stay healthy. However, this needs to be combined with regular exercise and a balanced diet.
What’s the Best Way to Take CBD for Diabetes?
If you have diabetes, it’s important to take CBD that comes in a sugar-free form. You should avoid CBD gummies or sweets which can contain a large amount of sugar. Mee CBD offers water-soluble CBD with no added sugar, which can be added to anything without affecting the taste. You can pop a sachet in your morning coffee or add it to your night-time tea!
CBD and Diabetes
Scientific studies have shown that CBD has great potential to help people manage diabetes. It’s positive effects on many conditions related to diabetes suggest that it’s a good addition to a healthy lifestyle. It has very few side effects and is easy to fit into your daily routine as a plant-based supplement. If you are taking any prescription medication for diabetes, you should consult with your doctor before taking CBD. Check out our range of natural CBD products at Mee Organic to start your CBD journey, and remember we love to hear your feedback!
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