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How Indoor Air Pollution is Linked to Diabetes?
Have you ever thought about all the amazing, miraculous functions your body performs? Your body can heal itself, it can pump blood through your veins, and it can breathe oxygen in and out of your lungs. Just to name a few of the amazing functions our bodies can perform. Your body also has the ability to alert you when something just isn’t quite right, giving you the precautionary sign to be aware of an unwanted change.
Unlike many diseases, autoimmune disease can attack the body quickly and sometimes without warning. Some of the most recognized autoimmune diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis but did you know that diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease? Diabetes is facing a huge epidemic in the world, with an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, or 7.8% of the population suffering from this disease. So what is the contributing factors to this disease? There are many potential factors that could be increasing our likelihood of getting diabetes such as air pollution and other environmental factors. It is crucial to listen to your body and learn what’s increasing your chances of acquiring diseases and knowing when you need to take progressive action in combating such diseases.
What is Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes Mellitus refers to a collection of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar or glucose. Glucose is the vital ingredient that your body needs to use as a source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. No matter what form of diabetes you battle, you have too much glucose in your blood although the causes may differ. There are two prominent types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Risk Factors
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes with about 90 to 95% of diabetes patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes occurs when your body does not use insulin correctly. Your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for this incorrect insulin usage, but over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. Type 2 diabetes can be contributed to genes, extra weight gains or a metabolic syndrome.
Your chances of developing type 2 diabetes depend on a combination of risk factors such as your genes and lifestyle. Although you can’t change your family history or your age, you can change your lifestyle choices such as eating better or increasing physical activity. Some of the main risk factors that increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes include:
Being overweight or obese
You are 45 or older
You have a family history
High blood pressure
Type 1 Risk Factors
Type 1 diabetes, unlike type 2 diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It happens when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas called Beta cells. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood, leading to serious health issues. Type 1 diabetes typically occurs more in children and young adults.
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Like I said before, type 1 diabetes is when the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. There are some other possible causes of type 1 diabetes also, including genetics and exposure to viruses and other environmental factors.
Does Air Pollution Cause Diabetes?
Did you know air pollution is a leading cause of insulin resistance? According to epidemiology evidence, researchers believe that the irritants cause a systematic inflammation reaction in the body. Your body responds by creating a reaction in your autonomic nervous system, triggering the flight or fight response which decreases glucose metabolism. These studies also found a correlation between the level of air contaminants and the severity of insulin sensitivity in the body. The level of harmful particulate matter in the environment caused by air pollution is positively linked with the level of blood glucose.
Air pollution can be a mixture of artificial and natural matters in the air that we breathe in and which potentially leads to developing diabetes. Especially in type 1 diabetes, research has found that continuous exposure to air pollutants can act as a trigger for those with a genetic predisposition to diabetes. Learning how to protect yourself from air pollution can help minimize chances of developing diabetes.
Removing Environmental Exposures From Your Home
Have you ever thought about the amount of air pollution circulating in the air inside your home? Indoor air can contain different types of air pollutants or toxins from building materials, furnishings, cooking, cleaning chemicals, and air fresheners. All of these pollutants could be affecting your health, and contributing to the possible development of diabetes. Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes.
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Diabetic patients have previously been shown to be more susceptible to air pollution. Combating air pollution is the key to trying to prevent the possible development of diabetes.
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