Pot smoking linked to some metabolic changes

Pot smoking linked to some metabolic changes
Regularly smoking pot is associated with visceral adiposity and adipose tissue insulin resistance, but not other metabolic changes such as impaired β-cell function or hepatic steatosis, according to a study published online March 25 in Diabetes Care.

(HealthDay)—Regularly smoking pot is associated with visceral adiposity and adipose tissue insulin resistance, but not other metabolic changes such as impaired β-cell function or hepatic steatosis, according to a study published online March 25 in Diabetes Care.

Ranganath Muniyappa, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues compared abdominal fat depots, intrahepatic fat content, insulin sensitivity, and beta-cell function in 30 cannabis smokers (median of six joints a day for a median of 9.5 years) and 30 matched controls.

The researchers found that, although carbohydrate intake and percent calories from carbohydrates were significantly higher for the cannabis group, total energy intake was similar in both groups. Cannabis smokers had a significantly higher percent abdominal visceral fat (18 versus 12 percent), significantly lower plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (49 versus 55 mg/dL), and a significantly lower adipocyte insulin resistance index and percent suppression during an .

"Chronic cannabis smoking was associated with visceral adiposity and adipose tissue but not with hepatic steatosis, insulin insensitivity, impaired pancreatic β-cell function, or glucose intolerance," Muniyappa and colleagues conclude.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Insulin sensitivity normally highest after breakfast

Oct 26, 2012

(HealthDay)—In healthy people without diabetes, glucose responsiveness tends to be higher after breakfast, which may have implications for the design of closed-loop insulin delivery systems for diabetes ...

New blood test might offer early warning of deep belly fat

Jul 10, 2007

Measuring levels of a chemical found in blood offers the best indicator yet of the amount of fat surrounding abdominal organs, according to a new study of lean and obese individuals reported in the July issue of Cell Metabolism, a publ ...

Recommended for you

Shift work linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes

Jul 24, 2014

Shift work is linked to a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the risk seemingly greatest among men and those working rotating shift patterns, indicates an analysis of the available evidence published online ...

Rosemary and oregano contain diabetes-fighting compounds

Jul 23, 2014

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study ...

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Canis Maximus
5 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2013
Will someone please explain:
"significantly lower plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (49 versus 55 mg/dL), and a significantly lower adipocyte insulin resistance index and percent free fatty acids suppression during an oral glucose tolerance test."

for someone not as versed in diabetic etymology?
Mauricio
1 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2013
http://healthland...-weight/

and this is my personal experience. I know a whole lot of cannabis smokers, and most are skinny, skinnier than the average by far.