Marijuana Users Less Likely to Develop Diabetes
People who use marijuana are less likely to be obese or develop diabetes, according to a new study from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers.
Marijuana users have lower fasting insulin levels and a lower rate of insulin resistance, researchers reported in the Journal of Obesity.
“In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR (insulin resistance),” the authors wrote.
The study, which included 786 Inuit adults between the ages of 18 and 74, found the association between marijuana use and lowered diabetes risk to remain even after controlling for factors like gender, age and body mass index.
The findings corroborate a 2013 study that showed cannabis users had lower insulin levels than non-users.
In the currently study, marijuana users had an average BMI of 28.6, while non-users had an average BMI of 26.8.
Marijuana alters the processes involved in appetite, metabolism and the insulin response, but researchers aren't yet sure exactly how this occurs.
"Cannabis use was associated with lower BMI, and such an association did not occur through the glucose metabolic process or related inflammatory markers," the authors concluded.
Source: Daily Caller, CNN
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