Friday, 20 July, 2018


Scientists have calculated one of the main causes of diabetes

Much of the air quality debate until now has focused on UK roads Air pollution causes nearly 15,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in UK each year, study suggests
Patty Aguilar | 02 July, 2018, 11:49

New research links outdoor air pollution -; even at levels deemed safe -; to an increased risk of diabetes globally, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System.

In the study, the researchers estimated that air pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases worldwide in 2016, or about 14 percent of all new cases that year. Most of the industry lobbying groups discuss that the current levels are simply too high and is increasing every day.

Dr. Al-Aly added that the evidence collected reveals that current levels of air pollution are still not considered safe and need to be tightened.

Pollutants that the researchers examined included particulate matter such as smoke, soot, dirt, liquid droplets, and airborne microscopic pieces of dust. "We now know that air pollution is a very important cause of heart disease and stroke and contributes to chronic lung disease, lung cancer and chronic kidney disease".

Dr Emily Burns, of Diabetes UK, said: "This global study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting an association between air pollution and the development of Type 2 diabetes".

Researchers working with scientists at the Veterans Affairs' Clinical Epidemiology Center, examined data from 1.7 million U.S. veterans who did not have histories of diabetes and were followed for a median of 8.5 years. How these levels effect diabetes is stated to trigger inflammation and reduce insulin production, which prevents the body from doing its job to maintain health by converting blood glucose into energy.

In the United States, the number of diabetics exceeds 30 million, and in the world - 420 million people.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri.

Those data, along with information culled from thousands of studies worldwide, were used to create a model to evaluate diabetes risk across various pollution levels.

While the risk of pollution-induced diabetes is a threat around the world, the researchers found that it is higher in lower-income countries such as India, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, and Guyana, which lack clean air policies and resources for environmental mitigation systems.

Over 3 million people in Britain were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The US faced a moderate risk.

Recently, Chinese doctors made a decision to evaluate both the prevalence of diabetes affects the life expectancy of the Chinese, and came to the conclusion that the acquisition of this disease shortens a typical life span of nine years, and their American colleagues found that diabetes is associated with approximately 12% of deaths in the United States.

The commission said that 92 percent of pollution-related deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries among minorities and the poor.

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