Researchers from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers have discovered marijuana may be able to lower the risk of both obesity and diabetes. The study published in the journal Obesity cross-referenced cannabis use with body mass indexes of 786 aboriginal partipants between 18 and 74 years of age. Participants who had used marijuana within the year had less insulin resistance and lower fasting insulin, a lower percent of fat mass, and a lower BMI. On average, users had between 26.8, while non-users had a median index of 28.6. Those who used cannabis but did not currently use tobacco, or had never used tobacco, had the lowest BMI. Relevant factors like gender and age had been controlled.
These results support the findings of other studies, like one from 2012 that was published in the British Journal of Medicine and found lower instances of type-2 diabetes among marijuana users and a lower risk of developing the disease than in those who abstained. Additionally, a study found in the American Journal of Epidemiology from 2011 found lower risk of obesity in marijuana users.
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