Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem in the United States - nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of diagnoses being type 2 diabetes, Healthline.com reports. In many cases people develop this problem due to being overweight or obese, but a new study has found exposure to pesticides in their food and the air could also be to blame.
Scientists from the University of Granada came to this conclusion after analyzing the concentrations of a specific group of Persistent Organic Pollutants (CPOs) in the adipose (fat) tissue of 386 participants. Researchers discovered patients with higher levels of CPOs were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to their counterparts who were exposed to fewer pesticides. These results held true regardless of patients' age, gender or body mass index. Despite the surprising finding, more research needs to be conducted to figure out the link between pesticides and diabetes.
Since some pesticides are found in foods and the air, people should take certain precautions to limit how exposed they are to CPOs. Washing produce thoroughly and investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 are real options. The latter works to filtrate the air, allowing families to breathe in only the cleanest, most pure air.