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Pollution Linked To Type 2 Diabetes And 7 Things You Can Do Now To Avoid And Reverse It

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Environmental pollution has been shown in studies to be a major factor in causing obesity and type 2 diabetes by causing liver diseases.


The health effects of pollution on humans have been a continuous subject of study, where we are unfortunately the lab rats. Diseases that air pollution can cause, are asthma, respiratory illness, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema, to name a few. Other diseases air pollution can cause are non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and type 2 diabetes, according to studies

Obese children who lived in areas with higher levels of air pollution have been shown to have a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

The study published in the Journal Diabetes, tracked latino children's health and levels of residential air pollution for about three and half years before associating chronic exposure to a breakdown in pancreatic cells that secrete insulin and maintain sugar level in the bloodstream.

In looking at the health effects of pollution on humans, the study found that by the time the children turned eighteen, their insulin-creating pancreatic cells were thirteen percent less efficient than normal, making these individuals more prone to eventually developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the research.

More Research Links Pollution To Fatty Liver

Other research published in the journal Toxicological Research, found in 2014 that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse effect on the liver causing liver fibrosis, which is associated with metabolic disease, and liver cancer.

In fact, because recent episodes of severe air pollution in eastern Asia have been reported in the media, there is growing concern about the systemic effects of air pollution on human health. Several animal models have provided strong evidence that air pollutants can induce liver toxicity and act to accelerate liver inflammation and fatty liver.

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The study described examples where exposure to air pollutants were involved in liver toxicity, particularly particle matter or black carbon, i.e., soot, and how these may be transported from the lung to liver as well as which liver diseases are closely associated with these air pollutants.

Type 2 Diabetes Is A Liver Condition

Linking pollution with fatty liver and ultimately type 2 diabetes makes complete sense given that type 2 diabetes is a liver condition, caused by a fatty liver that cannot do its back-up work for the pancreas.

Understanding that type 2 diabetes begins in the liver is very important here. The way this happens is the liver – your body’s ultimate storage facility – hoards vitamins like B12 among others, minerals, and glucose for later use. Your liver also has the very important function of transforming fat into a usable energy source.

Sadly, the liver also gets bogged with toxins such as plastics, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals, and as studies now confirm, environmental pollution.

This happens when your lifestyle involves eating a high protein, high fat, processed and fast food diet coupled with your liver storing toxins, medications and pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and environmental toxins – the liver, in an attempt to protect itself surrounds itself in fat.

Of course this doesn’t work to your advantage since a fatty liver rejects glucose causing you to gain visceral fat and weight, and create what’s known as insulin resistance.

7 Things You Can Do Now To Reverse Fatty Liver And Ultimately Type 2 Diabetes

  1. If you live in a highly polluted area consider moving to where there are more trees, since trees cleanse the air.
  2. Drastically lower your intake of animal protein, since all animal protein contains a appreciable amount of fat.
  3. Avoid dairy since lactose, a sugar, binds to fat causing hardship for the liver.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Do daily and gentle liver cleanses, such as drinking lemon and drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach.
  6. Eat a low fat, plant-based diet of high quality carbohydrates.
  7. Exercise moderately and consistently.

The Liver Delivers When It Comes To Your Health

When considering the health effects of pollution on humans, staying mindful of your liver health and taking steps to ensure its health by eating well and correctly are major steps in avoiding disease. These are major steps toward preventing diseases such as fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and the rest.

That being said, remember the liver is a regenerative organ and it can heal itself if given the proper conditions. If you’re already dealing with fatty liver, prediabetes, or type 2 diabetes, or even high cholesterol or high blood pressure which are also linked to fatty liver, do what you can to get your diet corrected and make the proper lifestyle choices to get your liver functioning optimally. This will help to reverse type 2 diabetes and it’s complications. As always, work with your Naturopath, or Holistic Practitioner and Medical practitioner to fine-tune healing methods that work best for you.