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Air pollution v diabetes.

A research team has found that, after adjusting for all other risk factors, there is a link between fine particulates in the air and the risk of diabetes. The association was found even at levels below that currently set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Fine particulates covers particles in the range 0.1 to 2.5 nanometres in size, is also known as PM2.5, and exists in haze, smoke and motor vehicle exhaust.

The team obtained county-by-county records for air pollution in the US in 2004-2005, and compared it to data on adult diabetes, after removing known risk factors including obesity, ethnicity, geographic latitude, exercise and urbanisation.

Even within current US guidelines for PM2.5 exposure, counties at the high end had 20% more risk of diabetes than those at the low end.

Previous studies have suggested a mechanism may be increased inflammation in obese people, which does not show up in lean people.


October 2, 2010 - Posted by | Diabetes, Health, Obesity, Success

1 Comment »

  1. […] Another study in Boston recently found a link between air pollution and diabetes. […]

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