A research team have linked low-level exposure of arsenic in drinking water to an increased level of type 2 diabetes . The research was published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The research indicates that throughout the world millions of people drink water with low-level quantities of arsenic . Even in the United States, some 13 million people face this exposed risk.
Previously, diabetes research has linked the disease with high levels of inorganic arsenic in the water supply. Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland studied just under 800 adults who had been urine-tested for arsenic.
The researchers reportedly concluded: “Given widespread exposure to inorganic arsenic from drinking water worldwide, elucidating the contribution of arsenic to the diabetes epidemic is a public health research priority with potential implications for the prevention and control of diabetes .”

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