Does Marijuana Help Diabetes?
According to recent studies smoking weed and using Cannabis products may help regulate body fat, body mass index (BMI), and lower the risk of diabetes by helping the following areas:
Background on Diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the body not being able the use the insulin that is has produced. Insulin is a hormone that that regulates your blood sugar.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 422 million people worldwide had diabetes in 2014.
Type 1 Diabetes – Associated with deficient insulin production requiring daily doses of insulin. The lack of insulin production causes blood sugar to increase unnaturally, usually developed in childhood or adolescence, cause unknown.
Type 2 Diabetes – Commonly called adult-onset diabetes, this form is characterized by the ineffective use of the insulin produced. This group comprises the majority of people with diabetes worldwide and is typically the result of excess body fat and lack of enough physical exercise.
National Diabetes Statistical Report
According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistical Report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a total of 29.1 million people in the United States has diabetes. 21 million have been formally diagnosed and 8.1 million people are undiagnosed.
This means that 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed and therefore most likely unaware. In 2014, 8.5% of Americans 18 and older had diabetes.
Key Facts on Diabetes according to the World Health Organization (WHO):
The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014.
Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries.
Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012.
Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030.
Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.