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Persistent Pesticides Appear to be One Cause of Diabetes

While a study out of Sweden earlier this year reported a link between Type II Diabetes in the elderly and persistent organic pollutants, a more recent study out of Finland appears to have found that POPs cause Type II Diabetes in some people. According to an article published by CBS News, Finn researchers found that the presence of POPs in the body disrupts the endocrine system, which in turn effects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Diabetes occurs when insulin in the body, which turns glucose into energy, does not work sufficiently, or when the body is not able to produce enough insulin for the job.

While POPs have been banned for years, they are still found in soil and water supplies. We consume them in our diets through fatty foods, dairy products, and fish. While modern pesticides are less persistent, experts warn that we still need to take caution. Dr. David R. Jacobs, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, says, “We need much better and more thorough safety testing for substances that we use in industry and for pest control”.

We think an even safer idea is to get rid of pesticides altogether.

Read more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20094074-10391704.html

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