The researchers conducted a survey of 450 patients with type 1 diabetes in Colorado, a state where marijuana is legal for medical and recreational purposes. 30% of the respondents used cannabis and, compared to those who did not use this drug, they had twice the risk of suffering from a serious complication of diabetes known as ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when blood sugar levels are high for too long what causes the body to produce high levels of acids known as ketones. If untreated, it can lead to dehydration, brain swelling, coma and even death. More than 20% of diabetics who used marijuana (whether for medical or recreational purposes) were hospitalized for ketoacidosis during the past year, a figure clearly superior to 8.2% of patients who did not use this drug. The study was not designed to identify how marijuana can directly cause ketoacidosis, but it is believed that the vomiting that encourages the use of cannabis in the long term, lead to a dehydration that increases ketones and triggers this complication, he told Reuters the author of the research, Viral Shah of the Barbara Davis Diabetes Center at the University of Colorado. He warned that every diabetic who presents symptoms of ketoacidosis such as nausea, abdominal pain, respiratory distress and confusion, should go immediately to the hospital. The analysis also found that study participants who used cannabis had worse control of their diabetes since their hemoglobin A1C levels in the blood were on average 8.4, which is well above the maximum allowed levels of 6.5%. Those who did not use marijuana had an average value of 7.6%, still above the ideal, but not as dangerous as the levels of the other group. Dr. Annemarie Hennessy, dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Western Sydney, in Australia -who was not involved in the study- clarified that it is best that people with type 1 diabetes be cautious and avoid the use of cannabis. "We do not know why marijuana increases the likelihood of diabetic ketoacidosis, but we have seen that in the presence of cannabis, ketoacidosis is more difficult to diagnose and, therefore, can go unnoticed with fatal consequences for "The effects of cannabis could be completely opposite for patients with type 2 diabetes since previous research has determined that the drug can help prevent the development of this condition and keep blood sugar levels low. But we still need to investigate more. The 'Sisters of the Valley', some cannabis devoteesLoading gallery


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