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Marijuana, drugs against diabetes in the future?

Scientists continue to explore the possibility of cannabis , aka marijuana plants in treatment. A new study says , marijuana contains components that can help control blood sugar .

Cannabis also has a strong association with body weight. In addition to increasing appetite , cannabis could actually help a person stay slim .

Three recent studies have shown that marijuana users had a lower risk of obesity. In addition, they also have a lower risk of diabetes and the values ??of body mass index are smaller. The third advantage is obtained even if marijuana users drink more calories.

How does that happen? One reason is that marijuana users have a better carbohydrate metabolism.

"Their fasting insulin levels were also lower , and they also have a lower risk of insulin resistance ( a condition that triggers diabetes) due to the body's ability to maintain levels of normal blood sugar , "said Murray Mittleman , researchers from Harvard Medical School.

The research Mittleman it includes 4,600 men and women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 to 2010 .

Of these respondents, 48 percent had smoked marijuana at least once in their lives, and 12 percent are still sucking up now .

The researchers controlled for other risk factors that affect the risk of diabetes , such as age, sex, akohol use , smoking and physical activity .

Although the risk factors considered, marijuana users have so far in fasting insulin 16 percent lower than those who had never smoked or had not smoked again. Cannabis has also been getting sucker decreased levels of insulin resistance by about 17 percent.

The fasting insulin levels and insulin resistance levels are also closely associated with the onset of diabetes and obesity type two .

The marijuana users also found to have higher levels of good cholesterol , which can protect the body against heart disease. In general, they also have a smaller tower .

Researchers do not yet fully understand the connection because the search is not case-control studies . Also do not know if marijuana or other lifestyle factors as respondents who cause they got a number of health benefits .

One of the allegations is the influence of marijuana at specific receptors in the brain related to appetite and metabolism.

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