Sugar and smoke

A new study es­tab­lishes a di­rect link be­tween air pol­lu­tion and the risk of di­a­betes

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A new study shows ex­po­sure to air pol­lu­tion in res­i­den­tial ar­eas in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing in­sulin re­sis­tance

THAT TOXIC air is un­healthy for our res­pi­ra­tory and car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tems is a well es­tab­lished fact. Now a new study shows ex­po­sure to air pol­lu­tion in res­i­den­tial ar­eas in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing in­sulin re­sis­tance as a pre-di­a­betic state of type 2 di­a­betes. Ex­po­sure lev­els of 3,000 par­tic­i­pants in Augs­burg and two ad­ja­cent ru­ral coun­ties in Ger­many showed that peo­ple who were ex­posed to air pol­lu­tion had an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing in­sulin re­sis­tance. The re­searchers de­mand that the thresh­old for ac­cept­able air pol­lu­tion lev­els be low­ered in Ger­many. This is be­cause even though the con­cen­tra­tion of air pol­lu­tants was be­low Euro­pean Union thresh­old val­ues, it was still above the pro­posed guide­lines of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Di­a­betes, Au­gust 8

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