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Cannabis users have a decreased risk for the development of diabetes according to a large study
IACM-Bulletin of 30 December 2012
Sunday 30 Dec 2012
According to a representative study with 10,896 citizens of the United States cannabis users had a significant lower risk for the development of diabetes mellitus compared to non-users. The study was headed by Dr Rajendra Tangirala, co-director of the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center of the University of California in Los Angeles and San Diego. Authors used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study included four groups: non-cannabis users (61.0%), past cannabis users (30.7%), light (one to four times/month) (5.0%) and heavy (more than five times/month) current cannabis users (3.3%).
Cannabis users had a lower prevalence of diabetes compared to non-cannabis users (odds ratio: 0.42). In a statistic model controlling for socio-demographic and other factors the risk further decreased (adjusted odds ratio 0.36). This means that the risk decreases to 36 per cent to those of non-cannabis users. Author concluded that cannabis use was "associated with a lower prevalence of DM [diabetes mellitus]. Further studies are needed to show a direct effect of marijuana on DM.”
Rajavashisth TB, Shaheen M, Norris KC, Pan D, Sinha SK, Ortega J, Friedman TC. Decreased prevalence of diabetes in marijuana users: cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III. BMJ Open. 2012 Feb 24;2:e000494.
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