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English: ball and spoke model image of the diabetes 2 drug, bromocriptine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Logo for the World Diabetes Day

Logo for the World Diabetes Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With our western diets and lack of exercise, diabetes is a disease that is affecting large sections of the population worldwide. Often referred to as the silent killer as many sufferers are not even aware they have diabetes. The long term effects of diabetes can be devastating, leading to nerve damage, kidney and liver damage, fatigue, heart complications among many others.

Nerve damage caused by diabetes is known as diabetic neuropathy. It causes mobility issues, numbness especially in the feet, burning sensations and a high level of chronic pain. Now there may be a drug that can help treat the severe symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. The University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute has conducted a clinical study on a drug known as nabilone as a treatment for nerve damage and pain. The drug is mainly used by cancer patients to minimize the effects of chemotherapy.

Nabilone is a synthetic drug but it mimics some of the chemical compounds of marijuana and is further evidence of cannabis or any associated drugs effectiveness in treating severe pain. There are not many known side effects however the drug can easily become addictive, so patients need to stick strictly to their prescribed dosages, and take it for short periods to avoid the issue of addiction to the drug.

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