Georgia State study says marijuana use can lead to metabolic syndrome
Ledger-Enquirer 29 June 2017
Family First Comment: “…the duration of marijuana use seems to be a significant factor associated with metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of symptoms that increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”
A study by researchers in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University says the longer a person uses marijuana, the more the risk increases for developing conditions linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
According to a report on the Atlanta school’s website, the duration of marijuana use seems to be a significant factor associated with metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of symptoms that increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
The study found “every year increase in marijuana use is associated with at least a 5 percent increase in odds of having metabolic syndrome.”
The report says that to examine the relationship between marijuana use and metabolic syndrome, the researchers gathered data on 3,051 adults age 20 and older from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012.
The survey included subjects who reported using marijuana or hashish even once during their lifetimes. Participants were classified as regular marijuana users if they responded they had used marijuana at least once a month for more than a year. The relationship of their years of marijuana use with metabolic syndrome was assessed in the study using different criteria for defining metabolic syndrome.
According to the school report, the study noted that the most common form of marijuana consumption is smoking, but the original survey also included participants who consumed edible marijuana products and hashish. It did not ask participants to specify how they used marijuana.
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