Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

How air pollution increases risk of diabetes

How air pollution increases risk of diabetes

Then, they sifted through all research related to diabetes and outdoor air pollution and devised a model to evaluate diabetes risk across various pollution levels.

Reducing air pollution could result in less people developing type 2 diabetes, new research has suggested.

The rising Air Pollution is no doubt has become an overwhelming case, and a study reveals that alone in 2016, air pollution globally contributed to new diabetes cases (14%) of over 3.2 million.

Dr Al-Aly said: 'Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally.

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Pollution is thought to reduce the body's insulin production, "preventing the body from converting blood glucose into energy that the body needs to maintain health", according to the research.

"There's an undeniable relationship between diabetes and and particle air pollution levels well below the current safe standards", said senior study author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University. Al-Aly said that it was important to focus attention on the matter since many industry-lobbying groups say that the current acceptable pollution levels are too strict and the agencies should relax it. "Evidence shows that current levels are still not sufficiently safe and need to be tightened", he added.

The research study from the Washington University and School of Medicine in St. Louis collected data with no trace of diabetes on 1.7 million U.S. veterans, those who had been followed for an average of 8 and a half years. At exposures of between 11.9 to 13.6 micrograms per cubic meter of air, roughly 24% developed diabetes. After controlling for all medically known causes of diabetes and running a series of statistical models, they compared the veterans' levels of diabetes to pollution levels documented by the EPA and NASA.

More than 420 million people are estimated to suffer from diabetes, which is one of the fastest growing diseases worldwide. Around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases across the world that year could be attributed to pollution.

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The researchers also found the overall risk of pollution-related diabetes is tilted more toward lower-income countries, such as India.

The results can be found published online in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health. Researchers found that not only in highly polluted countries like India but even in countries like U.S., which is not quite polluted, improved air quality will lead to a significant drop in the number of people suffering with diabetes would significantly drop. Wealthier countries (such as France, Finland, and Iceland) faced a low risk, and the United States faced a moderate risk.

Anything less than 10 micrometers cannot only enter the lungs, it can pass into the bloodstream, where it is carried to various organs and begins a chronic inflammatory reaction thought to lead to disease. They also estimated another 8.2 million years of life were lost in 2016 because of pollution. A 3 percent difference appears small, but it represents an increase of 5,000 to 6,000 new diabetes cases per 100,000 people in a given year.

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