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Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

No way, dude!: There is no medical indication for the use of marijuana in diabetic retinopathy nor type 2 diabetes - although i get this request a few times a week practicing in a state that has no legal medical marijuana. The effects of marijuana: increased appetite, mellow feeling, and slowing down are the opposite of what you need. You need to be dieting and exercising to lose weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Potential benefits: The following is a link detailing a novel use of non-smoking form of marihuana called "Cannabidiol As a Putative Novel Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy". http://www.420magazine.com/forums/diabetes/152457-cannabidiol-putative-novel-therapy-diabetic-retinopathy.html. Hopefully this will address your question well. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Medical marijuana for type 1 diabetes? I live in oregon and have type 1 diabetes. I was just curious, i had heard that some studies had been done that showed type 1 diabetics who were insulin dependent could be treated with marijuana. Is this true and i

Medical marijuana for type 1 diabetes? I live in oregon and have type 1 diabetes.  I was just curious, i had heard that some studies had been done that showed type 1 diabetics who were insulin dependent could be treated with marijuana.  Is this true and i

All : All persons with type 1 diabetes require Insulin for survival and control of blood glucose. We do not use the term "insulin dependent" any more. There is no evidence that marijuana would eliminate the need for insulin. In fact, you might expect an increased need since it does tend to increase appetite in most people. So i would not sign for your card. Sorry. But on the other hand there is substantial evidence and scientific/medical support for the conclusion that the drug war has failed miserably and that marijuana ought to be legalized for all. See the links below. ...Read more

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Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?

Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy: The course of diabetic retinopathy (dr) varies from person to person and is dependent on how long they have their diabetes and how well controlled it is. How do you know you are not diabetic? Is your hb a 1c normal, or elevated? Dr is dependent on two things, glucose and hbp control. Looking at the figure, you can see that BP control reduces dr better than glucose control. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

High glucose damage.: The exact mechanism by which diabetes causes retinopathy remains unclear. Several theories have been proposed. Increased levels of blood glucose are thought to damage the structural and functional integrity of the retinal capillaries, predisposing to sluggish circulation, endothelial damage, and focal capillary occlusion. This leads to retinal ischemia, which contributes to the development of dr. ...Read more

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If diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

If diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Treatable : Hi. Advances in ophthalmology have almost eliminated blindness due to diabetes. However, I would say prevention always trumps treatment. Tight diabetes and blood pressure control will PREVENT retinopathy. Once retinopathy is diagnosed, regular follow up with an ophthalmology retinal specialist is advised. Even if retinopathy has been diagnosed, tight control has been shown to reverse or stabilize ...Read more

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Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Unlikely. : Usually, we would look for other causes. Sometimes anemia and other conditions can lead to a hemorrhage in the eye. On occasion, especially with another ischemic process such as high blood pressure, we can see changes in the retina that may be identical to some seen in diabetic retinopathy. ...Read more

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Medical Marijuana (Definition)

It is the parts of the herb cannabis used as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy or as synthetic forms such as thc. Some uses are; to ameliorate nausea/vomiting, to stimulate hunger in aids or chemotherapy patients, to treat glaucoma, neurogenic ...Read more


Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the retina of the eye. There are often no symptoms until ...Read more