Regular Pot Smoking Linked to Prediabetes
People who frequently smoke marijuana may be more likely to develop prediabetes, according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health analyzed specific populations from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study. The team looked at these targeted areas: people who smoke marijuana, people who are overweight or obese based on their BMI, gender, and race.
Once the results were adjusted for various factors, they suggested that people who currently smoke marijuana have a 65 percent increased risk of developing prediabetes compared to people who never smoked marijuana. People who formerly smoked marijuiana over the course of their lifetime--at least 100 times or more by young adulthood--have a 49 percent increased risk of developing prediabetes compared to people who never smoked marijuana.
However, no direct correlation was found between smoking marijuana and developing type 2 diabetes.
It is believed that heavy use of marijuana can lead to poor blood sugar control and, therefore, prediabetes. More research is needed to better understand the association between smoking marijuana and developing prediabetes and why, at least according to this study, there may not be similar link to full-blown diabetes.
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