A new research study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System has associated the outdoor air pollution, even those which are at recent levels have significantly increased the risk of diabetes across the globe. The research findings have raised the possibility that reducing the pollution levels may result in a drop in the number of cases of diabetes in the heavily polluted countries, inducing India and several other less polluted ones.
In the last few years, diabetes has been growing at a very fast rate across the globe, which has been affecting more than 420 million people and around 30 million Americans. The unhealthy eating habits of people is one of the key factors estimated to rise the number of diabetics in the next few years. In addition to this, the sedentary lifestyle and the rising cases of obesity are some of the other key factors that are likely to increase the number of diabetes cases in the near future. However, the number of cases of diabetes is predicted to increase due to the rising outdoor air pollution levels.
In order to evaluate the outdoor air pollution level, the team of researchers have looked at the particulate matter, dirt, smoke, liquid droplets, and airborne microscopic pieces of dust. As these particles are estimated to enter into the lungs and further invade the bloodstream, which is further estimated to contribute to several health disorders, such as stroke, kidney diseases, heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes. These air pollution particles are predicted to reduce the insulin production, resulting in diabetes.