While there’s still some conflicting evidence on marijuana’s role in delaying the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research shows it is indeed beneficial for those who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or 2, and especially for those who suffer complications.While there’s still some conflicting evidence on marijuana’s role in delaying the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research shows it is indeed beneficial for those who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or 2, and especially for those who suffer complications.
A milestone study published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2013 concluded:
- Cannabis compounds may help control blood sugar
- Marijuana users are less likely to be obese, and have lower body mass index (BMI) measurements — despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories
- Pot smokers also had higher levels of “good cholesterol” and smaller waistlines
“The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than non-users. Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level,” Murray Mittleman, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead researcher told TIME magazine.
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