Research Study Links Air Pollution with Diabetes

Published By : 03 Jul 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Diabetes is a here and present concern for the populations across the globe, affecting more than 422 million people across the world as of 2014 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While there are numerous research studies currently underway to formulate an effective cure for the concern, it is also important to detect the cause behind the escalating number of causalities to the disease.

Now, a research study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in association with the Veterans Affairs (VA), has linked the increasing levels of air pollution, even those that are deemed safe for breathing, with the increasing risk of diabetes. Emphasizing on the need to reduce pollution in order to curtail the diabetes concerns, both in emerging economies such as India and developed ones such as the United States, the study had connected diabetes with unhealthy eating, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and outdoor air pollution.

The study has come down hard on industry lobbyists who are arguing the relaxation of current levels of pollution, saying that the levels need to be raised further as they are already leading to chronic diseases such as diabetes and neurological disorders.

For the research, the team took a particulate matter, dirt, airborne microscopic pieces, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets, and studied their effect post entering lungs before invading the bloodstream. This leads to major health complications such as stroke, heart diseases, kidney diseases and cancer. For diabetic patients, air pollution has been found as the culprit to reduce insulin production and triggering inflammation while preventing the body from being able to convert blood glucose into energy.

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