Study from Arctic Canada finds cannabis users less obese and less at risk for diabetes

Forget the Funyuns and drop the Doritos. New research out of Arctic Canada suggests that marijuana users, for some yet-to-be-understood reason, are slimmer and less at risk for diabetes than non-users.

study by Quebec researchers found that among Inuit residents of Nunavik, the province’s northernmost region, use of cannabis was correlated with lower body-mass-index measurements, lower body-fat percentages and less insulin resistance.


Body-mass index, or BMI, and body-fat percentages are used to determine obesity or overweight conditions;insulin resistance, a condition in which the body fails to respond properly to the hormone insulin, is a precursor of Type 2 diabetes and is associated with other poor health conditions.

The study was published in the journal Obesity; results were presented last month at a circumpolar health conference in Finland. The study analyzed health data for 786 adults collected in the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey...

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