According to a large-scale study in American, the pesticides used to keep golf courses immaculate could up the risk of diabetes considerably.
The chemical particularly identified, trichlorfo, was reportedly associated with an 85% increased risk of diabetes, even more so for those that regularly applied the chemical. The pesticide kills off a variety of pests, but is also used on the turf of glof courses.
The National Institutes of Health found that applying pesticide and diabetes were very closely related. The study also assessed other pesticides and found risks amongst all of them.
The chief of the epidemiology branch of the national institute of environmental health, Dale Sandler, was reported as commenting: “The results suggest that pesticides may be a contributing factor for diabetes along with known risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise and having a family history of diabetes. Although the amount of diabetes explained by pesticides is small, these new findings may extend beyond the pesticide applicators in the study.”

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