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Air Pollution Linked to Diabetes

By jeremyc | July 7, 2018

In a new study, the researchers examined how poor quality affects our health. The researchers have found a strong link between air pollution levels and diabetes. The study authors hope that these findings might help shape guidelines for the better.

Millions of people die from diabetes and air pollution across the world. As per the WHO, air pollution is a contributing factor for a number of serious diseases, including, but not limited to, respiratory infection, lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

It is seen that air pollution is typically worse in the low-income cities. According to the experts, over 80 percent of people living in urban cities breathe poor-quality air.

In diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin, the hormone which regulates blood sugar levels. As a result, the level of sugar in the blood becomes extremely high. Treatments are available for diabetes, but if the problem is not problem is not adequately addressed, complications like heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke can occur.

As per the data released by the WHO, 8.5 percent of people over 18 years developed diabetes in 2014. The data also shows that more than 1.5 million people died from diabetes across the world in 2015.

In this research, the study authors found that air pollution is responsible for no fewer than 3.2 million diabetes cases worldwide.

Based on their findings, the researchers hope that the future guidelines pertaining to air pollution will be made even more stringent.

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