What is Metabolic Syndrome?
As it’s currently understood, metabolic syndrome presents itself as a cluster of life-threatening health issues. Including elevated blood sugar levels, increased blood pressure, surplus abdominal fat, and higher than normal cholesterol levels. Ultimately increasing an individual’s risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and death.
According to the new study, also published on PubMed.gov, “Current marijuana use is associated with lower odds of metabolic syndrome across emerging and middle-aged US adults.” Thereby reducing the likelihood of occurrence in marijuana consumers by nearly 50 percent when compared to those who have never ingested cannabis.
Scientists from Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine investigated the link between marijuana consumption and metabolic syndrome. Re-examining a study of nearly 8,500 participants, ranging in age from 20 to 59, which was originally conducted between 2005-2010. During the initial survey, scientists classified the participants as suffering from metabolic syndrome if they were afflicted with more than three of the following indicators: “elevated fasting glucose levels, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, elevated systolic/diastolic blood pressure, and increased waist circumference.”
Of those unfortunate participants with no history of cannabis use, 19.5 percent fit the criteria for metabolic syndrome. Meanwhile, only 17.5 percent of the ex-users fit the criteria, and only 13.8 percent of current pot smokers suffered from any of the debilitating conditions.
The study’s conclusions –“These findings have important implications for the nation as marijuana use becomes more accepted and we simultaneously face multiple epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
Unwavering from previous studies that have shown an inverse relationship between marijuana consumption and diabetes, this new study provides further evidence that those who use cannabis generally enjoy a slimmer waistline and fewer incidence of type II diabetes.
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