Air pollution plays significant role in 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

Poorer countries with few resources to create and maintain clean-air policies, such as India, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Guyana, faced a higher diabetes-pollution risk.

As shown by these calculations, the risk to get diabetes begins to increase even at relatively low concentrations of aerosols and harmful substances in the air, more than 2.4 micrograms per cubic meter. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

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.

The high levels of air pollution are considered to be causing more number of diabetes patients in the United States and the world health organization believes that the risk of increased diabetes is not only in the USA but worldwide.

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"Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally", said senior author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. Most of the industry lobbying groups discuss that the current levels are simply too high and is increasing every day.

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The study was published June 29 in The Lancet Planetary Health.

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. "Over the past two decades, there have been bits of research about diabetes and pollution", Al-Aly said. And it doesn't just irritate the lungs and lead to coughing bouts, it is also linked to health problems like heart disease, lung cancer and asthma.

The researchers of the study examined data on 1.7 million people who served in the US military that were followed for 8.5 years.

The country is already dealing with a fast-rising incidence of diabetes.

However, Dr Joshi wasn't in complete agreement with the Lancet study's hypothesis that reducing pollution would reduce the incidence of diabetes. After controlling for all medically known causes of diabetes and running a series of statistical models, they compared the veterans' levels of diabetes to pollution levels documented by the EPA and NASA. The State of Global Air Report published by Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI), points out that more than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air, with India and China together contributing to over 50% of global deaths attributed to pollution. One of its recommendations was to define and quantify the relationship between pollution and diabetes.

"The team in St. Louis is doing important research to firm up links between pollution and health conditions such as diabetes", said commission member Philip J. Landrigan, MD, a pediatrician and epidemiologist who is the dean for global health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY and chair of its Department of Preventive Medicine. "I believe their research will have a significant global impact".

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