Cannabis use is associated with lower insulin resistance and a reduced risk of diabetes

Despite the increased appetite and caloric intake, according to a representative survey cannabis use is associated with lower fasting insulin levels, reduced insulin resistance and lower waist circumference. This is the result of an epidemiological study conducted among 4,657 adults conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine, Omaha, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Harvard in Boston and Research Unit Cardiovascular epidemiology of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, USA .. of the participants, 579 were current users of cannabis and 1,975 older consumers.

The current cannabis use was associated with fasting insulin levels (HOMA-IR) and 16% lower rate of assessment model homeostasis lowest 17%. HOMA is a method used to quantify insulin resistance and function of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, called beta cells. The researchers also found a significant association between cannabis use and lower waist circumference.

These effects of cannabis may be protective against the development of diabetes. Researchers speculate that their findings may be related to effects on adiponectin hormone, which is secreted from fat tissue. Adiponectin modulates a number of metabolic processes, including glucose regulation. The levels of this hormone are higher in adults with a high percentage of fat.