November is National Diabetes Month. This month aims to bring attention to this disease, its impact on those diagnosed, and to provide the public with educational resources that can be of benefit. Infinite CBD is proud to share some information regarding National Diabetes Month with our community.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the term used to describe the body’s inability to respond to or produce insulin. This inability is detrimental because it impacts a person’s metabolic processes and leads to elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the body.
There are two types of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed at a young age. In these individuals, the pancreas does not produce, or produces very little, insulin. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and cannot be “cured.”
Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease. Based on a person’s health, dietary habits, and activity level, their body’s mechanisms actually stop processing glucose. An individual can develop type 2 diabetes at any time in their life.
Diabetes: The Numbers
According to a report conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 100 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes. The rate of diagnosis continues to increase, making diabetes the 7th leading cause of death in 2015. Now more than ever before, kids are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which not only has long-term health impacts but is also completely preventable.
Health Problems Related to Diabetes
Diabetes exacerbates many serious health conditions, which is one of the reasons it’s such a dangerous disease. Diabetes can cause nerve damage, vision problems, kidney and liver disease, and heart disease. In addition to getting regular check-ups and insulin dosing reviews, diabetics often turn to healthier diets, reduce their sugar intake, limit their alcohol consumption, and try to stay active.
What Are We Doing to Curb This Health Crisis?
Due to the increasing rate of diabetes, the CDC has launched a National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program focuses on education, and how individuals can implement lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Some of these changes include dietary changes, exercise recommendations, choosing healthy options when dining out, and ways to manage stress.
During the day-to-day, there are a few good habits that diabetics can adopt to help the management of their disease. Drinking more water, having a consistent sleep schedule, and eating a more plant-focused diet can be helpful.
CBD and Diabetes
In addition to taking insulin and making some lifestyle changes, CBD has also been found to help support those with diabetes. Research has consistently found that CBD impacts the body’s inflammatory systems, which are oftentimes agitated due to the diabetic condition. In addition, CBD has been found to positively affect cardiac conditions and metabolic processes.
Infinite CBD Celebrates National Diabetes Month
Throughout the month, we will be sharing news and educational resources surrounding National Diabetes Month. We are excited to share this information with our community so we can all be more knowledgeable about the disease that’s affecting millions of people.