New Delhi: Diabetes is considered primarily a lifestyle related disease. Considering dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle, are the main factors responsible for the disease, but according to a recent study, the possibility of getting diabetes increases due to air pollution. According to the study show that 1 out of 7 diabetes cases are caused due to air pollution.
Where was the study conducted?
The study was conducted at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis, USA. The researchers gathered data of nearly two million US veterans, who had been monitored for eight years and had no history of diabetes. Studies prove that air pollution can also lead to diabetes.
How air-pollution causes diabetes
Researchers found in their study that in the year 2016, air pollution was cause for 1 out of every 7 cases of diabetes. Studies have shown that even if the air pollution levels are low, this disease is expected to flourish. Research showed that pollution does not allow insulin production in the body due to which the body does not change blood sugar in the energy needed for health.
More than 30 million diabetic patients in India
According to the study, in 2016, 3.2 million new cases of diabetes were reported due to pollution worldwide. This is about 14 percent of the total number of diabetes cases that emerged in the year 2016. Speaking of statistics, there are currently 42 million patients with diabetes in the world. Presently there are more than 30 million diabetic patients in India.