Clean air may help prevent type 2 diabetes

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Feb 8 2017 - 9:00am

Research shows there is a link between air pollution and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Therefore spending more time in clean air may help decrease the risk for this illness.

Clean air and Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of death and rising rates of this serious metabolic disease are being seen. Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise figure prominently into the risk of getting this disease. New research shows that exposure to air pollution may also be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

There was an association discovered between air pollution and an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes

The University of Southern California reports that in a study of obese Latino children there was an association discovered between air pollution and an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. It appears that pancreatic beta cells which create insulin may become less efficient due to air pollution and this increases the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Polluted air may be a catalyst for obesity and diabetes in kids

Michael Goran, who is co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a corresponding author of this study, says Hispanic kids who have a high exposure to air pollution during childhood have a greater risk of becoming obese. These kids also are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers have said that polluted air may be a catalyst for obesity and diabetes in kids.

The number of people afflicted with diabetes has quadrupled in recent years

This study has been published in the journal Diabetes. This findings are very significant particularly in view of the fact that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the number of people afflicted with diabetes has quadrupled during the past forty years. There are serious complications which may occur with diabetes including kidney failure, blindness, amputation of a limb and premature death.

It has been generally well accepted that increases in rates of obesity due to sedentary lifestyles and poor diets has been contributing to the rise in cases of diabetes. Now we know that air pollution may also be associated with becoming obese and getting type 2 diabetes.

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There are some interesting suggestions made by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to help prevent and treat diabetes naturally. For a start it is suggested to replace consuming white sugar, white bread, white pasta, and white potatoes with whole, unprocessed grains in moderation. There are rapid increases in blood sugar and insulin with white or processed grains and sugars. This is associated with gains in weight and insulin-resistance.

Avoid drinks and processed foods which have large amounts of sugar

Also there should be efforts to avoid drinks and processed foods which have large amounts of sugar. This becomes of even more concern when the sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is particularly dangerous because it does not stimulate hormones which have a control over appetite and a feeling of satiety. Therefore even when you are full there is no signal to the brain to stop drinking or eating.

Regular exercise is helpful to improve insulin-resistance

Regular exercise is helpful to improve insulin-resistance and to maintain a healthy weight. It has been suggested by the Center for Disease Control that you should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise a week. Two to three days of strength training is also a good idea.

Correcting mineral deficiencies also helps

Correcting mineral deficiencies also helps with diabetes. There are deficiencies of minerals such as magnesium and chromium in many people who suffer from diabetes. Leafy green vegetables such as kale and broccoli, nuts, seeds, peas and whole grains contain these minerals.

Increase fiber consumption

Increased fiber consumption slows down the release of glucose from food. So eating high fiber foods such as beans, fruits and vegetables slows down glucose release into the bloodstream.

We now know that avoiding air pollution may also help decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. So it's a good idea to eat well, exercise well and expose yourself to clean air instead of polluted air to help prevent and treat diabetes.

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Comments

Anything that burdens one's vitality will result in any number of sick responses. It is not rocket science to know that air pollution is toxic and harmful. It will result in any number of consequences that we choose to label as diseases.