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Medical Marijuana and Diabetes, Insulin Dependent

What Is Diabetes, Insulin Dependent?

Diabetes that requires a patient to become insulin-dependent is known as Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes. Insulin dependent diabetes is a chronic condition that restricts the pancreas from being able to produce little to no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is absolutely necessary to allow glucose, or sugar, to enter cells within the body to produce energy. Type 2 diabetes is a far more common type of this condition, and occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, or it does not produce enough insulin.

Medical Marijuana and Diabetes, Insulin Dependent

There are various factors within the body that may directly contribute to Type 1 diabetes, which includes a person's genetic makeup and their exposure and resistance to certain viruses. Although it is typical for juvenile diabetes to appear during childhood or adolescence, it can also develop in adults or during later stages of life. Although there have been many active scientific research projects being conducted on Type 1 diabetes, there is currently no cure but it can be managed. Those who treat Type 1 diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes, can expect to live a longer and healthier life than they have in the past.

Medical marijuana works extremely well as an anti-inflammatory treatment, and does not pose the same side effects as steroids. This is important because diabetics are supposed to avoid steroids at all costs. Due to the fact that diabetics are prone to arterial inflammation, cannabinoids basic properties are of great interest. Medical marijuana also treats diabetics because it is neuroprotective, which means that it helps protect the nerve covering from inflammatory attacks that are believed to be caused by glycoproteins in the blood. This also reduces the pain associated with diabetes known as neuropathy. Due to the fact that marijuana activates receptors throughout the brain and body, is helps manage your mind, body and overall well-being.

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