A study conducted in Spain and recently published in the journal Environmental Research concluded there is a direct correlation between exposure to pesticides (Persistent Organic Pollutants – POP) in water, food and air to the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in adults. This correlation was found to be independent of age, gender and body mass index. Furthermore, because these pollutants tend to concentrate in the fat tissues, the study concluded that explains why overweight and obese persons are more likely to develop diabetes.
The researchers demonstrate that people with higher concentrations of DDE – the main metabolite in the pesticide DDT – are four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than other people. In addition, the risk of type 2 diabetes is also associated with exposure to β-HCH (beta-Hexachlorocyclohexane), which is present in the formula of the pesticide Lindano. (Lindane in the USA)
The study was conducted at San Cecilio Hospital, in Granada, Spain and Santa Ana Hospital in Motril Spain. On 386 adult subjects.
The POP concentrations in fat are a useful marker of the subject’s exposure to POPs. POP’s are a group of chemicals with diverse characteristics which are present in pesticides, industrial waste and certain building materials.
While there is a correlation between POP and diabetes, the mechanism whereby POP’s increase the risk of diabetes is not known. Some research postulate” that POP’s might cause immunological response when they penetrate estrogen receptors in tissues associated with the metabolism of sugars”
One thing is sure. The use of pesticides world-wide is increasing. So is the prevalence of diabetes.
According to Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia “The world prevalence of diabetes among adults (aged 20-79 years) will be 6.4%, affecting 285 million adults, in 2010, and will increase to 7.7%, and 439 million adults by 2030. Between 2010 and 2030, there will be a 69% increase in numbers of adults with diabetes in developing countries and a 20% increase in developed countries” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19896746
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David Coletta says
Do we have any articles in the usa regarding the above subject matter? The enclosed article
talks about events, etc in Spain and or Australia,
A brief comment would be helpful.
Bob Handschiegel says
There is an old book: Silent Spring by Rachael Carson (1962) took place in Hinsdale, Illinois told about lawn chemicals, would make for good reading on this subject.