Affecting 36 million individuals worldwide, it is evident that the diabetes epidemic is ubiquitous – this number is only predicted to rise. With the shift in technology over the past quarter century and factors such as innovations, globalization of food and services, changes in farming practices, and a favor towards diets that consist of high caloric foods have changed how food energy is used in everyday life. All of this can be tied back to the various environmental facts that exist globally that are a by-product of these radical changes. Time and time again, research has shown the positive correlation between air pollution and development of type 2 diabetes in countries. We all understand that the stress can completely compromise the immune system which is why we constantly try to mitigate this feeling. Therefore, with enough exposure to environmental toxins which serve to augment stress levels, the development of diabetes can be linked to additional factors outside of diet and exercise. With a compromised immune system, the body is not able to produce adequate antibodies and fight off foreign invaders thus leading to sickness and eventually death. So while diet and exercise are still fundamental in the onset of diabetes, it is essential that we take into consideration the way environmental toxins ultimately play a role especially as we industrialize more and more globally.
Read more at:
Air Pollution and Type 2 Diabetes – American Diabetes Association (ADA)
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