Diabetes caused by pollution

Mon, 28 Jan 2008
According to recent reports, one of the triggers of diabetes could be environmental pollution. The report was published in the Lancet, and points towards a growing need for researchers to further investigate how environmental pollution could be linked with diabetes.

The Cambridge research team, Oliver Jones and Julian Griffin, indicated that there is a relationship between POPs in the blood and the risk of type 2 diabetes . POPS, persistent organic pollutants, are chemicals that can remain active and stay within the bloodstream for a long period of time. POPS are toxic to both humans and wildlife. Despite many of these chemicals being much less widely used, negative human side effects could include a greatly increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The report indicates that the environmental triggers of type 2 diabetes need to be investigated further, on a global basis. The extent of how many diabetics have been influenced by environmental pollution, both in the west and in developing diabetes hotspots such as India and China, remains to be seen.
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