There are about 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region, or about 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over.
Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel.
In 2013 a study by the American Journal of Medicine showed that marijuana helps regulate blood sugar levels. The study consisted of 4,600 participants (men and women) in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Part of the conclusion of the study was:
Marijuana helps to lower fasting insulin and lower chance of insulin resistance. A key proof of marijuana benefits for diabetes.
Almost half of the participants admitted to have smoked marijuana at least once in their lives. Also, nearly 12% claimed to be experts in marijuana. Amazingly, this percentage of people showed 16% lower fasting insulin levels than participants who had never tried marijuana.
Marijuana Benefits for Diabetes & Weight Control
In another research published by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) they conclude that marijuana:
- Stabilise blood sugars.
- Suppress some of the arterial inflammation commonly experienced by diabetics, which can lead to cardiovascular disease
- Prevent nerve inflammation and ease the pain of neuropathy, one of the most common complication of diabetes, by stimulating receptors in the body and brain.
- Lower blood pressure over time, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other diabetes complications
- Keep blood vessels open and improve circulation.
- Relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
- Be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet