12 Jul CBD and Metabolic
Metabolic syndrome includes a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, “Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition that affects adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls. The underlying causes of metabolic syndrome include overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, genetic factors and getting older.”
According to a new CDC report, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes, about 9.4% of the US population. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition, that if not treated, often leads to Type 2 Diabetes within five years. In the U.S, 1 out of every 3 adults have high blood pressure and 40% have high cholesterol. Nearly 35 percent of all U.S. adults and 50 percent of those 60 years of age or older were estimated to have the metabolic syndrome in 2011-2012, according to a study in the May 19 issue of JAMA.
Daily supplements of CBD can help the body maintain homeostasis and increase metabolism levels. This allows the body to burn fat more quickly and helps to reduce cholesterol levels. CBD products contain omega 3 and omega 6 which help to maintain heart health. In 2013, a research study found that cannabis users had higher blood levels of HDL-C, the good cholesterol.
CBD also shows promise for reducing blood pressure. A 2017 study found that “a single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study.”
The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids may hold a key to the treatment of Diabetes and prediabetes, according to the Diabetes Council. A 2015 study revealed that CBD had an anti-inflammatory effect on rats. Excess inflammation impacts the development of insulin resistance.
Changing eating habits coupled with exercise is a first line defense against metabolic syndrome. While further study is needed, CBD may add another weapon to the arsenal in the fight against metabolic syndrome.