Diabetes Mellitus, or simply Diabetes, is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar levels. It occurs when the body fails to produce sufficient insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating the blood glucose level.
Scientists have not yet been able to find a permanent cure for Diabetes Mellitus. However, its symptoms are manageable by physical exercises and a balanced diet. In severe cases, diabetic patients may need insulin therapy.
Recent investigations have brought to light that extracts obtained from Kratom leaves, a tropical plant, may have some therapeutic effects on Diabetes. This article will explore the validity of such investigations and review the benefits of Kratom capsules on Diabetes.
What is Kratom?
Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is an evergreen tropical plant usually found in South East Asian countries. The Kratom leaves are often brewed as tea or even smoked. The leaves are also dried and crushed into a powder to make edible gums, capsules, and liquid supplements.
The Kratom extracts, when taken in small doses, have mild stimulant effects. It has opioid-like characteristics and can produce psychotropic effects. Kratom has been enlisted as a “Drug of concern” by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
There are various strains of Kratom available, each named after its place of origin. For example, the Green Malay strain from Malaysia has excellent analgesic properties, and the Red-veined Bali Kratom of Indonesia helps relieve anxiety and depression.
Almost all variants of Kratom have a high concentration of several alkaloid compounds, including Mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine that are responsible for producing euphoric and sedative effects.
Scientists have found that different alkaloid compounds present in Kratom extracts can have a remedial effect on Diabetes. But before we jump into that, let’s know a little more about Diabetes Mellitus.
Diabetes: The Silent Killer
When we speak of Diabetes in general, it is usually about Diabetes Mellitus or Type lower II Diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus occurs when the body develops resistance towards insulin (the hormone which helps regulate blood sugar levels).
The pancreatic islets, the part of our body responsible for generating insulin, gets inflamed, and the rate of insulin production gets reduced. As a result, the blood glucose level rises that may lead to several health issues. The common symptoms of Diabetes are:
- Increased appetite and hunger
- Increased thirst
- Polyurea or increased urination
- Blurry vision
- Recurring infection
- Delayed healing
Though the symptoms are easily manageable by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sometimes the condition can worsen severely. High blood sugar levels can damage various viral body organs like the heart, eyes, kidneys, etc. It can also lead to life-threatening diseases such as cardiac arrest, blindness, and kidney failure over time and can even turn fatal if left untreated. Diabetes can reduce our life span by about ten years and is often referred to as the “Silent Killer.”
How does Kratom Help in Managing Diabetes?
Several patients with Diabetes claim that they have experienced remarkable benefits from taking Kratom as their natural dietary supplement. It has helped to reduce the body’s resistance to insulin and has lowered blood sugar levels.
As we discussed earlier, Kratom extracts contain high amounts of mitragynine and other alkaloids. Scientists have found that these alkaloid compounds mimic the action of insulin and improve the body’s insulin sensitivity. As a result, the body’s blood glucose reaches optimum levels.
This data can be validated by a few In Vitro tests conducted to study the effects of Kratom on how glucose is transported in human beings. The studies concluded that Kratom boosts the glucose uptake in the cells, thereby reducing the body’s sugar levels.
Apart from regulating the blood glucose level, Kratom also helps in managing other symptoms of Diabetes. It helps to suppress increased food cravings and hunger. Experts also found that obesity can increase the chance of developing Diabetes. Regular consumption of Kratom supplements can also help in weight reduction and thus can prevent the onset of Diabetes.
Studies have also found that chronic pain and anxiety also can adversely affect the blood glucose level in our body. One of the benefits of Kratom capsules is to help manage the conditions indirectly and thus keep the blood sugar level in check. High blood pressure is also a common symptom associated with Diabetes. The Red-veined Kratom variants like Red Bali can help in lowering blood pressure and thus have an indirect effect in controlling Diabetes.
To enjoy Kratom extracts’ full benefits and avoid the health problems that may occur due to consuming a high dose, you must take the recommended dose.
Though it helps to manage the symptoms of diabetes, Kratom supplements should not be considered as Insulin replacement but rather as adjunctive therapy for Diabetes. The supplements may help to reduce your insulin dose over time, but you have to continue with your prescribed medication.
Evidence of Therapeutic Effects of Kratom on Diabetes
Any data we have regarding the benefits of Kratom in patients with Diabetes is purely anecdotal. We only have a few animal studies and scientific reviews which can validate the data collected.
A 2008 Animal study published by the Natural Product Research Journal concluded that Kratom could improve glucose transport in muscle cells of rats. The results obtained from the research show that Kratom was effective in lowering the rat’s blood sugar levels.
Risks and Side Effects of Kratom
Though Kratom is often used as a recreational drug, it has also gained considerable popularity as a therapeutic ingredient. You can only experience its benefits when you take Kratom supplements regularly over a long period of time.
However, long-term use of Kratom can increase the risk of dependency. Some of its common side effects are:
- Loss of appetite
- Drastic weight loss
- Inability to sleep
- Loss of color from cheek
The use of Kratom for a long time can also increase the risk of a Kratom overdose. Thus, we recommend you consult with your physician before you include Kratom capsules in your daily routine.
The Bottom Line:
Kratom can help manage Diabetes diabetes directly by improving insulin sensitivity and maintaining an optimal glucose level. It can also help alleviate the accessory symptoms and disorders associated with diabetes, such as obesity and hypertension.