Marijuana Use Linked to Poor Blood Sugar Control in Middle Age
Current and former marijuana users are more likely to have poor blood sugar control as they age, a new study reveals.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that cannabis use was linked to pre-diabetes, however they did not find a direct association between marijuana and type 2 diabetes.
The study included data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study, where participants between 18 and 30 years old were monitored across a 30-year period.
Overall, researchers found that individuals who reported using marijuana 100 times or more in their lifetimes had a 40 percent greater risk for developing pre-diabetes than people who had never used marijuana.
Middle-age adults most at risk
The findings of the current study contrast with previous research that suggests marijuana use might have a protective action against diabetes, and it also reveals that older adults may be most at risk for potential problems associated with cannabis use.
"Occurrence of prediabetes in middle adulthood was significantly elevated for individuals who reported using marijuana in excess of 100 times by young adulthood," the authors wrote in Diabetologia.
More research is needed to determine exactly how marijuana use impacts metabolic health, they concluded.