Diabetes and Cannabis

The American Journal of Medicine has published results of a 5 year 4657 person study that concluded that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR., and smaller waist circumference. The impact of marijuana use on glucose, insulin, and insulin resistance among US adults.
Penner EA, Buettner H, Mittleman MA.
Am J Med. 2013 Jul;126(7):583-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 May 15.
PMID: 23684393
URL: http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(13)00200-3/abstract.

When compared with those who had never used cannabis, current users had 16% lower levels of fasting insulin and 17% lower HOMA-IR, findings that remained significant even after multivariate adjustment. They also had 1.63-mg/dL-higher HDL-cholesterol levels, as well as lower waist circumferences, both of which remained significant after adjustment.

Further Resources

Diabetes.co.uk: Cannabis and Diabetes

MedScape: July 23, 2015
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Endocrineweb: Last updated on 07/29/2015
Using Marijuana to Treat Diabetic Nerve Pain

NICE: Diabetes in Adults

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