Marijuana users are at a high risk of developing prediabetes, study shows


A new study shows that young adult marijuana users are 50 percent more likely to develop prediabetes than young people who don't use the drug. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar reaches levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered type two diabetes.

The study was conducted at the University of Minnesota. The researchers studied 3,034 marijuana users between the ages of 18 and 30 from four different urban locations throughout the United States. The study concluded that these people were more at risk for prediabetes than those who don't use marijuana.

This information could be detrimental to the 19.8 million past-month marijuana users in the country. It seems that because marijuana tends to make people hungry, they take in more sugary snacks on a regular basis than those who remain sober.

Michael Bancks, a University of Minnesota doctoral candidate in epidemiology, authored the study and concluded that those who used marijuana once or more in the past 30 days have a 65 percent greater risk of prediabetes. He said:

"We believe our data suggest individuals who choose to use marijuana should be informed of the possibility that marijuana use may increase their risk for developing prediabetes."

The urge to binge on unhealthy foods while under the influence of marijuana, also known as "having the munchies," can lead to an abundance of health risks. A spokesperson from the National Health Service U.K. said:

"If maintained on a long-term basis, this type of diet can lead to obesity, which is a risk factor for type two diabetes."

While no study is absolutely definitive, it's important to note that marijuana users may reduce their risk of prediabetes if they don't give in to the temptations of their munchies. While marijuana makes people hungry, it doesn't cancel out the sugar and calories.

Watch this video to learn more about preventing and treating prediabetes:

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