According to the results of a new study that has been conducted by researchers at the University of Granada, pesticides found in food, air and water can significantly increase the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes .
Adipose tissue or more commonly known as fat has an important role in the body acting as an energy store with critical metabolism functions. However fat cells can also store potentially toxic substances that can damage the body such as persistent organic pollutants (POP) or pesticides. These pollutants are not easily broken down and are subsequently found in the food chai, water, air and stored in animal and human cells.
Previous research has shown that these persistent pollutants could increase the risk of cancer. This latest research has found that their presence in fat tissue in the human body is correlated with the development with type 2 diabetes.
Samples of fat tissue were taken from 386 Spanish adults. The concentration of 6 major groups of pesticides was established and examined alongside life style factors such as dietary habits and health statuses.
The researchers found that those individuals who were overweight or obese had higher levels of pesticide in their fat cells. This increase in pesticide concentration was linked to a higher incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. This direct relationship between high levels of pollutants was found irrespective of age, gender or BMI.

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