New research claims air pollution exposure increases type 2 diabetes risk

Published on 12/09/2016

Article from The Huffington Post

Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with the German Centre for Diabetes Research and the German Heart Centre, have been studying the effect of pollution particles on insulin resistance in humans. 

They found that exposure to air pollution near your home increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes.

“Whether the disease becomes manifest and when this occurs is not only due to lifestyle or genetic factors, but also due to traffic-related air pollution,” said Professor Annette Peters. director of the Institute of Epidemiology II at Helmholtz Zentrum München.

“The results revealed that people who already have an impaired glucose metabolism, so-called pre-diabetic individuals, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution,” said Dr. Kathrin Wolf, lead author of the study. “In these individuals, the association between increases in their blood marker levels and increases in air pollutant concentrations is particularly significant! Thus, over the long term – especially for people with impaired glucose metabolism – air pollution is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.”

The study was reported in the journal Diabetes and also called for governments to review their air pollution policies.

Read the full article here or read the press release from Helmholtz Zentrum München here.

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