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Small Particulate Air Pollution Linked To Type 2 Diabetes, Study Shows

The Atlantic: A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution
“It’s fairly well known that a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and genetics can all contribute to type 2 diabetes. But a new global study points to an additional, surprising culprit: the air pollution emitted by cars and trucks. Though other research has shown a link between diabetes and air pollution in the past, this study is one of the largest of its kind, and it’s unique because it both is longitudinal and includes several types of controls. What’s more, it also quantifies exactly how many diabetes cases in the world are attributable to air pollution: 14 percent in 2016 alone…” (Khazan, 7/5).

Reuters Health: Air pollution may account for 1 in 7 new diabetes cases
“Air pollution could be responsible for 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes every year globally, suggests a new analysis. … The tiniest form of particulate matter pollution, known as PM 2.5, is already associated with increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and other noncommunicable diseases ‘and contributed to about 4.2 million premature deaths in 2015,’ the study team writes in The Lancet Planetary Health…” (Harding, 7/5).

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