CBD and Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes)
First off, what is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a set of conditions that can negatively impact your overall health by increasing your risk for coronary heart disease (1st leading cause of death in the U.S.), stroke and even diabetes (7th leading cause of death in the U.S.).
There are a few conditions that contribute to metabolic syndrome which increase your risk for a premature death. These conditions include high blood pressure, obesity, high triglycerides, diabetes, and high cholesterol, all which CBD was shown to positively impact.
The best approach to avoid premature death from these conditions is to avoid the things that cause it in the first place (root cause). This will most likely include making lifestyle changes. Prevention is everything.
Understanding how to use CBD to your advantage as an alternative to addressing many of the things we live with everyday can really improve your state of health. Eliminating that grey area of negative side effects that some pharmaceuticals can have, is a huge plus.
According to American Diabetes of Association, CBD has been rapidly gaining popularity because of the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties that can help us to address many diseases and diseased states, including diabetes in this case (Mattes, Espinosa, Oh, Anatrella, Urteaga, 2021).
When discussing diabetes, high blood sugar can cause significant inflammation and oxidative stress to the inside of our blood vessels and can cause significant tissue damage (including narrowing of the arteries) and really “mess” with our body’s ability to regulate our blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure (Horváth, Mukhopadhyay, Haskó, Pacher, 2012).
Taking CBD was shown to reduce the negative impact that high blood sugar has on our circulatory system through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties (Horváth, Mukhopadhyay, Haskó, Pacher, 2012).
You may hear me mention the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties all the time. The truth is these 3 properties can be applied to almost every diseased state because of the role oxidative stress and inflammation has in all disease processes.
More studies need to be done to really understand the full capabilities of these plant compounds. The best part about these studies is we will never see any negative effects on our health. No deaths, no overdoses, none of that. The safety profile is great, and it shows a promising alternative approach to improving the health of mankind.
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Horváth, B., Mukhopadhyay, P., Haskó, G., & Pacher, P. (2012). The endocannabinoid system and plant-derived cannabinoids in diabetes and diabetic complications. The American journal of pathology, 180(2), 432–442.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2011.11.003
Mattes, R. G., Espinosa, M. L., Oh, S. S., Anatrella, E. M., & Urteaga, E. M. (2021). Cannabidiol (CBD) Use in Type 2 Diabetes: A Case Report. Diabetes spectrum : a publication of the American Diabetes Association, 34(2), 198–201. https://doi.org/10.2337/ds20-0023
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). What is metabolic syndrome? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Retrieved September 26, 2022, from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/metabolic-syndrome