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Type 2 Diabetes Risk Rises with Environmental Pollution

In a report published in the journal the Lancet, British scientists warn that environmental pollution may increase diabetes risk. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found a link between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and insulin resistance. According to the report, peer reviewed research shows that individuals with high levels of POPs in their blood were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The report further said that POPs continue to find their way into the food chain, even though many of these toxins have already been banned years ago. These toxins could persist in body fat for very long periods of time after exposure. Scientists also stress on the importance of looking at environmental factors in diabetes research, as many of the current research about the disease mainly focus on genetics and obesity.

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