According to new findings published in The American Journal of Medicine, people who consume cannabis are 50% less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome than those who have never used the substance. Metabolic syndrome consists of a group of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, all of which increase the risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes.
Investigators at the University of Miami's School of Medicine analyzed the link between cannabis use and metabolic syndrome in 8,500 participants ages 20-59 involved in the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The participants were classified as to whether or not they suffered from metabolic syndrome based on various factors, and among the subjects with no history of cannabis use, 19.5% met criteria for metabolic syndrome. When it comes to former users, 17.5% met the criteria, and only 13.8% of current users met the criteria. Investigators reported, "Among emerging adults, current marijuana users were 54 percent less likely than never users to present with metabolic syndrome." Because the nation currently faces multiple epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, the findings of this study are quite promising.