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Marijuana is finally starting to be viewed by the medical industry as a legitimate medicine, even for preventing diseases. A press release published by the American Journal of Medicine on May 15, 2013 reported that regular marijuana use helps diabetic control. The medical researchers also reported that marijuana users have "16 percent lower fasting insulin levels" than non-users.
A study between 2005 and 2010 called the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) compared people who use marijuana with those who don't. It showed that non-users were more associated with smaller waists, lowering their risk to diabetes. Murray A. Mittleman, MD, DrPH at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston confirmed his investigation showed lower diabetes risk from marijuana users than non-users.
Even though marijuana has historically been linked to increased appetite and cravings for high calories, research has shown that on average, marijuana users have a lower body-mass index than non-users. However, the reasons behind these differences are still unknown by researchers. This investigative study is still historic because for the first time it reveals that regular marijuana users have lower fasting insulin and insulin resistance yet higher high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. This means that marijuana users may have more desirable blood sugar levels.
The press release estimates there are 17.4 million Americans who currently use marijuana. Physicians are beginning to look more at the drug's medicinal uses now that it has been legalized in over 20 states. Marijuana has actually been legal throughout most of history until 1937, prior to that it was used as a pain reliever for centuries. A synthetic version of its active ingredient, THC, is used to treat several medical conditions. This ground-breaking report opens the door to further studies on whether or not marijuana is effective at treating Type-2 diabetes and obesity.
About The Author
Amir Ghanouni is the Owner of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Orange County. An advocate for medical marijuana, Amir believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time and advises patients on how to get a medical marijuana card in California.