Thursday, November 8, 2018

Marijuana Use Tied to Serious Diabetes Complication

Marijuana Use Tied to Serious Diabetes Complication
Last Updated: November 08, 2018. 
By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

People with type 1 diabetes who use marijuana may double their risk of developing a life-threatening complication, a new study suggests.

Called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the condition occurs when there is not enough insulin to break down sugar in the body, so the body burns fat for fuel instead. This triggers a build-up of chemicals known as ketones, which make blood more acidic and can lead to coma or death.

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JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 5, 2018. 

Of Interest
Medical marijuana doesn't yet meet the standard
Posted Nov 05 at 2:00 PM
By John Schumann, MD
If voters want to legalize marijuana for recreational use I have no objection, provided we put in place a legal framework to make sure that people don't get hurt. Standardized dosing and measures to assure product consistency would be integral. And we'd need adequate enforcement to make sure that people aren't impaired when at work or in other situations in which their marijuana use could jeopardize others.

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