In The Himalayas, With Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

In the Himalayas, with Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

In the Himalayas, with Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

During a round-the-world trip, a reporter begins to experience the symptoms of diabetes in Nepal.
Reporter Oren Liebermann discovered he had Type 1 diabetes during a year-long trip around the world. In this edited excerpt from his memoir, The Insulin Express, Liebermann first begins to feel the effects of his yet undiagnosed diabetes while teaching English at a monastery in Nepal.
The hike up the mountain takes 45 minutes, and I feel completely wiped out when we reach the top. A sign explaining the history of the World Peace Stupa informs us that this is one of 80 Peace Pagodas around the globe.
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” I tell Cassie, choking back tears.
Recently, we’ve both noticed that I’ve lost weight. My arms and legs have become rail thin, and both of our parents asked if I was on a diet when we Skyped. I’ve also been feeling weak, and it has gotten worse since our Himalayas hike.
We find a pharmacy in Lakeside that lets us use their scale. I step onto the scale, but the number staring back at me doesn’t make any sense.
“Are you sure this scale is right?” I ask the woman behind the counter.
“Yes,” she smiles back at me.
I start converting kilograms to pounds in my head. Multiply by two. Figure out 10 percent, then add that twice. That means I weigh . . . wait, double check the number . . . 180 pounds? If that’s right, I’ve lost 45 pounds. I thought I had lost 20 pounds at most, but 45 means I have lost nearly a quarter of my body weight.
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Marijuana users may be more likely to develop diabetes, research finds

Marijuana users may be more likely to develop diabetes, research finds

Marijuana users may be more likely to develop diabetes, research finds
People who use marijuana may be more likely to develop prediabetes than those who have never smoked it, according to new research.
A sample of more than 3,000 people in America found that adults who currently used marijuana were 65 per cent more likely to have poor sugar control which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Those who no longer smoked the drug but had used it 100 times or more in their lifetime had a 49 per cent greater chance of developing the condition.
The link was not affected by BMI and waist circumference, the paper published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) found.
The authors, led by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Mike Bancks, said: “Marijuana use, by status or lifetime frequency, was not associated with incidence or presence of diabetes after adjustment for potential confounding factors.
“However, marijuana use was associated with the development and prevalence of prediabetes after adjustment. Specifically, occurrence of prediabetes in middle adulthood was significantly elevated for individuals who reported using marijuana in excess of 100 times by young adulthood.
“These results contrast with those previously reported on marijuana use and metabolic health. Future studies should look to objectively measure mode and quantity of marijuana use in relation to prospective metabolic health.”
Despite showing a heightened incidence of prediabetes, the study failed to establish a direct connection to type 2 Continue reading

Marijuana and diabetes: Benefits, disadvantages, and legality

Marijuana and diabetes: Benefits, disadvantages, and legality

Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years, although many people use it as a recreational drug too. Research now indicates marijuana may have medicinal properties that can provide benefits for diabetes, as well as other health conditions.
After alcohol, marijuana (also known as cannabis) is the most commonly used drug in the world. The United Nations World Drug Report 2016 estimate there are 182.5 million users globally.
This article explores the medicinal properties of marijuana and how its use might benefit people with diabetes. It also examines the potential downsides of using marijuana for people who have diabetes and what the legal status of the drug is.
Contents of this article:
Medicinal properties of marijuana
Compounds in marijuana are believed to be responsible for the health benefits associated with the plant. These are called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids interact with receptors found in the central nervous system of the body. This can affect a number of processes such as:
Of all the cannabinoids in marijuana, THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most commonly studied.
THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis, producing the "high" associated with the drug. CBD is not considered psychoactive, but has a number of medicinal uses. As such, it is of interest to those considering marijuana for medical use.
Medical marijuana and synthetic drugs
The term "medical marijuana" means the use of the whole, unprocessed cannabis plant (or extracts from it) to treat certain health conditions.
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5 Best Marijuana Strains for Diabetes [2018 Update]

5 Best Marijuana Strains for Diabetes [2018 Update]

The first thing that came to mind when writing this article was “Can a diabetic smoke marijuana?”.
By that, we don’t mean “can,” as obviously you can, but rather is smoking cannabis a good idea for a type 1 or 2 diabetics. At first, you might think that the immediate answer is NO, especially as marijuana tends to bring on the munchies which aren’t good for diabetics. But when examining recent studies, findings are painting an entirely different picture.
Ok, before we get down to business and reveal to you the best marijuana strains that can assist with diabetes, let’s understand what diabetes is.
What is Diabetes?
It was recently estimated that 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million children and adults have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. What’s astonishing is that on a global scale 415 million adults have diabetes, which is 1 in 11 adults and by 2040, it is expected that 642 million adults are will have diabetes.
Diabetes is classed as a number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone; Insulin. Normally, when you eat, the pancreas, the organ behind the stomach, release insulin into your body to help store and use the sugar from the food. With those that have diabetes, the pancreas does not function properly and either produces very little insulin or none at all.
Why is Insulin so Important?
You could say that Insulin is the guardian of the body. Your body is made up of millions of cells all of which need energy to survive. That energy (sugar) is broken down from the food we consume. The medical name is called Continue reading

Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carb Diabetes Diet

Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carb Diabetes Diet

Dr. Richard K. Bernstein is a legend in the diabetes community. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over seven decades ago, created the movement to check blood sugars at home, developed a diabetes management program built on the philosophy that “everyone deserves normal blood sugars” – and then became an endocrinologist so others would take him seriously.
In this article, we will look at Dr. Bernstein’s diabetes diet. In essence, it is a low-carb, high-protein and moderate fat diet. He recommends this approach because it maximizes the chances for achieving normalized blood sugars. If you are interested in a less restrictive, more general-purpose low-carb diet, read How to Start a Low-Carb Diabetes Diet.
Before we go into the diet itself, let’s look at Dr. Bernstein’s fascinating story.
Dr. Bernstein was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 in 1946.
Dr. Bernstein was diagnosed with diabetes during what is commonly referred to as the diabetes “dark ages”. He had to check his urine for sugar by using a test tube heated over a flame. He had to sterilize his needles and glass syringes by boiling them each day.
In Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, he explains how his blood sugars were not well managed during this time. In fact, back then fat was deemed the ultimate health culprit and so he was put on a low-fat and high-carbohydrate diet.
During the first two decades of his life with diabetes, he says his growth was stunted and nearly all his organs quickly began to suffer the consequences of chronic high blood sugar. Heartbreakingly, he suffered ma Continue reading

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