A staggering 84 million adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. Which means your blood sugar could be elevated toward an unsafe level but not high enough to test out as a type 2 diabetic. Here’s the worst part, most of us don’t know we’re even in the running for this debilitating disease. There are signs but they’re hard to spot. Katie O’Sullivan, MD from the University of Chicago Kovlerr Diabetes Center says that most people don’t know how bad they feel until their diabetes is treated and they finally begin to feel good again.
Here are some signs to watch for:
- Frequent urinary tract and yeast infections
- Body mass over 25
- Waist measurement more than 35 inches
- Low energy
- Getting up in the middle of the night to urinate
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss or gain without a reason
- Blurred vision
- Wounds that heal slowly
- Your hands and feet go numb
Some things you can do to avoid or manage diabetes:
- Exercise 20 minutes a day—take a walk (see exercise as medicine)
- Do what it takes to get to your ideal weight
- Read labels –avoid the high sugared foods
- Meet with friends- staying active is a key to great health
- Increase fiber
- Count carbs: 35-45 per meal for women, 45-60 for men
- Get checked regularly for A1C, Cholesterol and Blood pressure
Diabetes isn’t cured, it’s managed. Knowing what’s going on in your body is the key to avoiding complications. Talk to your doctor about your numbers. Consider adding CBD to a daily regiment to stabilize your blood sugar. Plant cannabinoids are phenominal at keeping blood sugar in check. Consider a Mediterranean diet and get moving!
Consider one of two ways to manage your blood sugar with CBD:
- 15 mg capsules one time a day…test your blood sugar regularly with and without CBD. With Capsules you know exactly how much you’re getting which is a good way to start.
- Tincture allows you to titrate up or down easily. The only downside of a tincture is knowing exactly how much you’re getting.
As always, do your own research—your body is unique and what works for one person may be very different for you—and include your doctor in this discussion. If you’re already taking diabetes medicines and want to change to a natural alternative like CBD, buddy up with your physician and monitor your numbers regularly. As your blood sugar numbers go down, you’ll need to titrate down your medications. Too low a blood sugar is as rough on the body as too high!
Here’s more information from the National Institutes of Health.