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New studies find air pollution may increase the risk of developing diabetes, even at “safe levels” of pollution.

According to a recent article published on ZME Science, Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louise and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System suggest heavily polluted countries, including the U.S., should adopt tighter air pollution regulations (zmescience.com).

The article reports that the team of researchers found that “air pollution contributed to 3.2 million new cases of diabetes throughout the world in 2016- about 14% of all cases that year.” Furthermore, the study found that roughly 8.2 million people died due to pollution-linked diabetes that year.

The study’s findings suggest that improving air quality, and reducing exposure, could also reduce the risk of diabetes.

 

Click here to read the full article posted on July 2, 2018 by Alexandru Micu