A new study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine has identified a possible link between cannabis and a condition associated with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). That condition, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening complication. And researchers say that cannabis-use increases the risk of experiencing DKA two-fold compared to non-users. The study’s findings are crucial, especially because many people have heard that cannabis can help people with Type 2 diabetes. The perception that cannabis is safe, or even helpful, for patients with diabetes may cause more people with Type 1 to consume cannabis. But doing so puts their health at significant risk, researchers say.
Cannabis Use Can Cause Severe Dehydration and Brain Swelling for Type 1 Diabetes Patients
A study titled “Association Between Cannabis Use and Risk for Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults With Type 1 Diabetes” has concluded that patients with Type 1 diabetes are at heightened risk for experiencing a complication that leads to dehydration, brain swelling, coma, and even death. That complication is ketoacidosis, and researchers say cannabis-use makes T1D patients twice as likely to experience it as T1D patients who don’t use cannabis.
Ketoacidosis develops when blood sugar levels remain elevated for too long. The blood sugar causes