Air Pollution Increases Risk of Diabetes in Children

Avoiding diabetes can also begin by avoid exposure to pollution. A study from Germany said, children are exposed to air pollution exposure for a long time have a higher risk for developing insulin resistance, diabetes triggers.

The study, published in the journal Diabetologica said, many previous studies have found an association between exposure to air pollution and the risk of heart disease and hardening of the arteries, but little is linking in diabetes.

In this study, the researchers analyzed blood samples from 397 children aged 10 years. They also estimate air pollution exposure received by children with analyzing vehicle emissions, population density, and residence of children.

The research revealed that children who are exposed to air pollution had higher levels of insulin were significantly higher than those of children who live in low-pollution areas.

Study researcher Joachim Heinrich said, there is some evidence to suggest that air pollution associated with birth weight and growth retardation. Both are known as risk factors for type two diabetes.

"This is what may make people speculate that low birth weight increases the risk of diabetes who, instead of exposure to air pollution. Though we do research on infants who have a normal weight, ie above 2.5 kg, so that exposure to pollution may be a factor which increases the risk, "said Heinrich.

The researchers plan to continue this study by following these children into adulthood. It aims to determine if these results can be translated in adults.