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Cannabis Poses Diabetes Risks

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,

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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is now legal in over half of all states, but it poses a diabetes danger. Researchers asked 932 adults with type 1 diabetes to fill out a questionnaire typically used to assess substance abuse. (It didn’t distinguish between recreational and medical cannabis use.) The 61 adults who reported regular cannabis use were more than twice as likely as nonusers to develop diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The life-threatening condition occurs when a severe lack of insulin results in extremely high blood glucose and the breakdown of fat for energy, leading to the accumulation of ketones in the body. Though the study didn’t look at the drug’s effect on hypoglycemia risk, being high can alter your perception of low blood glucose. If you decide to smoke pot, proceed with extreme caution and monitor your blood glucose often.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Oct. 18, 2019

 

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