Like inflammation, blood sugar (glucose) is an often-underestimated component of health. Our bodies convert food into blood glucose as the primary source of energy to fuel our lives and power our cells. For people without diabetes, if blood glucose levels are too low, we might feel dizzy, hungry, irritated, tearful, or have heart palpitations. If blood sugar is too high, we might feel tired, thirsty, nauseous, have stomach pain, need to pee frequently, or have a parched mouth.
In healthy people, the pancreas makes insulin to regulate glucose levels in the bloodstream tightly. Whether you eat one huge meal or five small ones, insulin helps regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin also allows glucose to enter cells to be used for energy.
Untreated Diabetes Can Starve the Cells
Diabetes affects a body’s ability to produce the insulin required to properly manage blood sugar levels and deliver needed fuel to the cells.
If you’ve read all four parts of this series, you’ve seen that inflammation plays a role in COVID, cancer, anxiety, and depression and that CBD works with the immune and central nervous systems to help the body manage and fight these conditions. Even so, how can CBD possibly benefit people who are dealing with diabetes?
Diabetes is a complex metabolic condition that affects multiple systems in the body, and research on CBD and diabetes is still in the early stages. Studies show that CBD can play a role in preventing the disease and managing symptoms for type 2 patients.
Multiple studies demonstrated that CBD reduces chronic inflammation associated with a variety of conditions. A study that looked specifically at inflammation triggered by high glucose levels found that CBD had positive effects on several markers of inflammation. The results also indicated CBD might help mitigate the damage diabetes can inflict on the blood vessels.
One side-effect for some patients is diabetic neuropathy. Damage to the nervous system can cause numbness or pain, especially in the feet and legs, although sometimes in the digestive system, urinary tract, or heart.
Lifestyle plays a crucial role in managing inflammation and avoiding the complications caused by it. A balanced diet of whole foods, combined with plenty of water, sleep, and exercise may not keep us alive forever, but it will improve our quality of life while we’re here.
CBD’s natural, pervasive, and systemic anti-inflammatory and balancing effects help our brain, immune systems, and central nervous systems find and maintain equilibrium. With the mounting evidence of CBD’s potency and effectiveness across many conditions, CBD is a beneficial addition to a healthy lifestyle.