There has been a new study into traffic fumes and illness. The study has shown that living close to high levels of pollution will increase risks of insulin resistance. This in turn will lead to a rise in diabetes among those inhabitants. The study was carried out on a group of ten year olds living in a built up and often congested area.
A lack of insulin means that the body is not able to deal with sugar being ingested. The body will not be able to control blood sugar and this is a huge sign of Type 2 diabetes.
three hundred and ninety seven children made up the test subjects. Blood tests were the prime way in which the research was carried out. The level of emissions were also recorded in the area. There were clear rises in the levels of insulin reduction in heavily congested areas. The same tests on adults in the area of Germany however did not seem toshow the same clear cut evidence!
The tests will continue for fifteen years so that long term exposure to pollution can be monitored in test subjects as they grow older.
The test results so far have found that for every rise in nitrogen dioxide ( or NO2) and sooty dust or ‘particulate matter’ from exhausts, the decrease of insulin production and i’s resistance increased by 17% and 19%. These amounts only increased the closer each child lived to a major road. In fact by a whole 7% each 500 meters closer that the test subject would live.
There has been other in depth research into pollution and health before, especially when it comes to the grimy soot particles released. Links have been made to heart disease, cancer and early death.
Although tests are still continuing in this field, it is already clear to see that there are some significant links to traffic and physical illness.