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Air Pollution Linked to Diabetes and Autism

Posted on December 16, 2016
by Melissa Asplund

A recent study in Augsburg, Germany shows that exposure to air pollution may put people at higher risk for diabetes. The data was collected from almost 3,000 people to track the glucose levels and other metabolic measures in junction with air pollutants in areas where they reside.

On average for the total test group, for each 7.9 microgram per cubic meter increase in particulate matter, there was a 15 percenter high rate of insulin resistance. On days where the smog was severe, levels of particulate matter commonly exceeded 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Subjects that previously had irregularly high blood sugar levels had an increased risk by almost 46 percent for each unit increase.

Although the study’s findings are not proven cause and effect, they are deemed correlational and should be taken cautiously. The liability lies within a probable higher rate of insulin resistance and an increase in glucose intolerance, a precursor of diabetes.

In addition to diabetes, air pollution has been known to possibly increase a woman’s chances of having a child with autism. At the Harvard School of Public Health, study author Andrea Roberts states, “Women who were exposed to the highest levels of diesel or mercury in the air were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in the cleanest parts of the sample.”

As frightening as this may sound, there are measures be taken around the globe to help reduce air pollution. A new prototype for a billboard tool in Lima, Peru has been launched. The billboard combines water with the polluted air, using basic thermodynamic principles to actively dissolve the pollutants in water to release fresh air. It is said that one billboard has the same power as 1,200 trees – purifying 3.5 million cubic feet of air daily in crowded cities!

NASA has released the Airocide, an indoor air purification system that is built to work out even the toughest indoor air pollutants. Lab results have shown that this system can eliminate nearly 100 percent of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). VOC’s are unsafe gasses emitted by home products.

Of course, simply living a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, can help counter the effects of air pollution. If you are concerned about indoor air quality and would like a free quote on air duct cleaning for your home or office, call Airtek Indoor Air Solutions at 1-877-858-6213 today.

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