An interesting study seems to have found a link between air pollution and adult diabetes. According to USA TODAY.com, researchers collected data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and also the U.S. Census. They discovered a 1% increase in diabetes rates for every 10 microgram per cubic meter rise in fine particulate matter. Fine particulate matter exists in smoke and car exhaust.
The study does not have information on individual exposure. So they are unable to prove the actual cause and are unsure of the “mechanism” of the adults’ diabetes. The air pollution however, was a factor in each of their samplings.
The study found that the particulate pollution was the most important factor even with counties that were within the safe EPA limits for air quality. The high levels of particulate pollution showed a rise in diabetes. The study can be found in the October issue of Diabetes Care and was funded by the National Centers for Biomedical Computing for the National Institutes of Health.
This research is interesting and probably will be the start of much more within the same area. We already know that poor air quality affects our health. What can you do?
Find out the air quality level for your county. Discover what is being done to improve the air quality in your county. If air quality is poor, get involved in making the air quality better for your community – to help yourself and help others.
Improve the air quality you can – in your home and your car. Invest in an air filter. Make sure your car is working properly and has a clean air filter.
Don’t smoke. Smoke of all kinds contributes to poor air quality. Don’t let people smoke in your home and avoid being around smokers.
Use air filters in your home, and help them do a good job. Regular vacuuming and dusting means your air filter won’t have to work as hard to clean the air. Vacuuming once or twice a week in most homes is ideal.
If you are concerned about diabetes, talk to your physician about other steps you can take to lower your risk.
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