German researchers said that air traffic pollution related to traffic could increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women, they also said that it doubled the risk if a women lived within 100 meters of a busy road.
The researchers looked at 1,775 German women ages 54 and 55 when the study began 25 years ago. Some of the women lived in rural settings, while others lived in high polluted industrial areas.
More than 10%, or 187 study participants, were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes between 1990 and 2006.
Researchers are not quite what role traffic pollution plays in the development of diabetes but traffic pollution is know to raise the risk for cardiovascular disease which is an inflammatory condition as is Type 2 Diabetes.
Furthermore, they say that although they did not analyze men in this study, they believe that there is likely a similar association between diabetes risk and pollution in men.
Their conclusion was that traffic-related air pollution is associated with incident type 2 diabetes among older women and that sub clinical inflammation may be a mechanism linking air pollution with type 2 diabetes.
Dr Joachim Heinrich, from the Research Center for Environmental Health in Neuherberg, said: “Insulin resistance levels tended to increase with increasing air pollution exposure…”
Its not really surprising as its been known for some time that traffic airborne pollution causes lower IQ and lower birth weight babes as children have more immature lungs, but it also affects older peoples mental abilities, increases asthma and leads to low level inflammation.
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