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More Evidence Confirms Pesticide-Diabetes Link
A number of previous studies have linked exposure to older pesticides known as "persistent organic pollutants" (e.g. organochlorines, PCBs, etc.) to diabetes risk. In Canada, the U.S. and other developed countries, organochlorines were banned or restricted after research linked them to cancer and other illnesses. PCBs were banned in the 1970s. However, use of these chemicals still occur in some areas of the world.
As the name suggests, "persistent organic pollutants" (POP) remain in the environment for many, many years. They get more concentrated as you move up the food chain and build up in the fatty tissue of animals and the human body.
Research has suggested that some POPs impair the body's ability to regulate blood sugar (which could help explain the link to type 2 diabetes), while other POPs have been shown to promote obesity (which is itself a major risk factor for diabetes).
In this new study, researchers measured blood levels of POPs in approximately 2000 adults and found that those in the highest 10% of blood levels (of POPs) had double the risk for diabetes than those in the lowest 10%.
Experts suggest that one way to limit your exposure to the chemicals is to limit the animal fat in your diet.
Of course eating "certified organic" food will help reduce exposure to a host of pesticides and chemicals being used by conventional farmers presently, but will not necessarily protect you from exposure to the POPs in this study since these chemicals had been unleashed into the environment decades ago.
When will we (humans as a whole society) take our finger off the metaphorical "self-destruct" button? Kind of upsetting that we, and future generations, have to deal with the lack of foresight (and resulting environmental consequences) of past generations' actions.
Lesson learned. Let's not do the same.
Source: Association Between Type 2 Diabetes and Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants
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