The fact that cannabis has a positive impact on users is well-established. If the federal government wasn’t so frightened by the truth, we could demonstrate this in real, double-blind medical research studies. Patience; that is coming.
. . . previous observational studies showing an inverse relationship between cannabis use and diabetic markers, and support previous population data showing that those who use cannabis typically possess smaller waist circumference and lower body mass index than those who do not.
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Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or Type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.
Investigators from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine analyzed the association between cannabis use and metabolic syndrome in a cohort of nearly 8,500 subjects aged 20 to 59, who participated in the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Researchers classified subjects as suffering from metabolic syndrome if they possessed more than three of the following symptoms: elevated fasting glucose levels, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, elevated systolic/diastolic blood pressure and increased waist circumference.
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Current consumers of cannabis are 50% less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome as compared to those who have never used the substance, according to findings published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Medicine.
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Of those subjects with no history of cannabis use, 19.5% met the criteria for metabolic syndrome. On the contrary, 17.5% of former users and only 13.8% of current users met the criteria.
“Among emerging adults, current marijuana users were 54% less likely than never users to present with metabolic syndrome,” investigators reported.
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