Diabetes Eye Health
improved with a Marijuana compound that Helps Stops Diabetic Retinopathy
February 27th, 2006
Eye that is
damaged by diabetic retinopathy
patients are often threatened with damage to eyes and blindness.
Researchers believe that cannabidiol, a compound that comes from
Marijuana plants may help to stop the damaging retinopathy by slowing
the growth of leaky blood vessels. The cannabidiol compound does not
get a person intoxicated but in the future may be able to help over 16
million Americans that have Diabetic retinopathy from becoming blind.
Dr. Gregory I. Liou who is a
molecular biologist at the Medical College of Georgia and fellow
researchers has received a $300,000 grant from the American Diabetes
Association hope to help treat diabetic retinopathy. "We are studying
the role of cannabinoid receptors in our body and trying to modulate
them so we can defend against diabetic retinopathy," Dr. Liou said.
When a person has high glucose
levels it causes the retina of the eye to become oxygen-deprived. This
lack of oxygen makes the retina grow more blood vessels to compensate.
Because of the extra vessels there is leaking that can lead to damaged
vision or blindness.
an antioxidant that might be able to keep the retina healthy. The
researchers have published studies in the January issue of the American
Journal of Pathology with animals that showed some promise. Cannabidiol
helps to disrupt the destructive process from occurring.
"Cannabinoids are trying to ease the
situation on both sides. They help save the neuron and, at the same
time, make sure the microglial cells stay in microglial form. How good
do you want a drug to be?" Dr. Liou said.
Dr Liou hopes that one day the
cannabidiol compound would be included with the insulin injections to
help diabetic patientís health.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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