Diabetes was once a rarely rare condition, but cases have increased dramatically over the past few decades across all demographics. Diabetes can frequently be easily managed through diet and other lifestyle changes, but that’s not always the case.
Untreated or undertreated Diabetes can result in unregulated glucose levels flowing through the blood causing damage to practically everything in the human body and resulting in a host of related problems ranging from blindness to loss of limbs due to poor circulation to death.
However, the May 2015 edition of Epidemiology reports that the more you toke up, the less likely you are to develop diabetes mellitus – a whopping 30% less which is a shocking difference.
To come up with that result, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Michigan State University reviewed eight different independent computer-assisted surveys that asked patients about their current cannabis habits and if they’d had a recent diabetes diagnosis.
The results clearly showed that the smokers were less likely to contract diabetes, but the evidence is not strong enough to do more than recommend the theory for more study. At least that’s a move in the right direction.
But wait – there’s more. The American Medical Journal reported in 2013 that full-blown stoners had more good cholesterol and better fasting insulin levels than occasional or non-smokers, giving them a better resistance to Type II Diabetes. And, the British Medical Journal published a similar study in 2012. Researchers believe that that anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties of cannabis are what does the trick.
To back up the scientific data with anecdotal evidence, I’d like to add my own personal story. No, I don’t have diabetes, but I do have a friend that does. He has Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, the kind you’re born with & never get rid of. Everywhere he goes, he carries his test kit with strips, needles and a vial of insulin just in case.
About 10 or 12 years ago, when legalization was very far off for most places, his doctor remarked about how good his numbers were during an exam and asked what he’d been doing. My friend was honest & said, “I’ve been smoking a lot of pot.”
According to my friend, the doctor replied with, “Well, it seems to be working, so keep it up.” How cool was that? Especially considering more than a decade would pass before any kind of law to legalize cannabis would pass where we live.
So, smoke up, my friends, if you’re in a place where it’s legal to do so – it could save your life – not just cure you, but keep you from getting sick in the first place.
Peace, Health & Good Karma to all …