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Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes Increases With Exposure To Pesticides

February 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Spain have found that there is a direct relationship between exposure to pesticides (i.e., Persistent Organic Pollutants) in food, air and water, and the occurrence of type 2 diabetes in adults, no matter their age, gender or body mass index. The study analyzed concentrations of a specific group of pollutants in the adipose tissue of 386 adults. They found that the substances tend to concentrate in body fat, and might be one of the reasons obese people are more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers suggested, because the more fat the higher the concentrations of pesticides in the body.
Juan P. Arrebola et al., "Adipose tissue concentrations of persistent organic pollutants and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in adults from Southern Spain", Environmental Research, February 05, 2013, © Elsevier B.V.
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