Could marijuana reduce diabetes risk? A new study looks at the link between marijuana and people’s metabolism and insulin levels. Researchers surveyed 4,657 adults—579 of whom were current marijuana users and 1,975 of whom had used the drug in the past.
Researchers found that although marijuana users consume more food calories, they still had lower rates of obesity and diabetes and lower average body mass index levels. Current marijuana users had lower fasting insulin levels, smaller average waist sizes, and higher levels of “good cholesterol.” The effects did not apply to former users of marijuana.
Researchers then adjusted their results for participants who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and found that the differences were still similar and statistically significant. Marijuana cigarettes are not approved as medicine by the FDA since smoking the cigarettes releases harmful substances, and because smoking a substance makes it impossible to accurately determine the potency or purity of the substance. However, certain marijuana compounds have been found to have medicinal effects when extracted and used in medicine.
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