Air pollutants may increase risk of diabetes

11/27/2011 | Reuters

A study in Diabetes Care found that people living in urban areas with high levels of nitrogen dioxide, an air pollutant found in traffic exhaust, were 4% more likely to develop diabetes than those living in areas with cleaner air. Researchers said the odds of having the disease was higher in healthy individuals exposed to air pollution, with those who were physically active and nonsmokers facing a 10% and 12% increased risk of diabetes respectively.

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