On the Radio- Air pollution linked to diabetes


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Eden DeWald | August 27, 2018

This week’s segment explores a link between air pollution and diabetes.

Transcript:

Air pollution from power plants, wild fires and vehicle exhaust has been linked to cases of type two diabetes.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Air pollution has long been linked with numerous respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. A new study, published in The Lancet, studied how fine particulate matter pollution is linked to diabetes. Researchers monitored over one and a half million United States veterans to assess their general health, exposure to air pollution, and whether or not they developed diabetes.

The study concluded that there were a significant number of cases of diabetes attributable to particulate matter the size of 2.5 micrometers. Cases of diabetes caused by air pollution were found to be more concentrated in low income areas across the globe.

2.5 micrometer particulate matter can easily be inhaled and enter the respiratory and circulatory systems of humans due to their very small size. The particulates can be generated from anything, from wildfires to car exhaust. The study makes a point that reduction in exposure to this kind of air pollution will reap health benefits worldwide.

For more information, visit iowa-environmental-focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Sara E. Mason.