Study shows link between air pollution linked to type 2 diabetes risk. A new study has found that there could be an association between air pollution and an increased risk for dangerous health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
The research now appears in the Journal of Public Health.
Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are key causes of cardiovascular diseases which are a leading cause of death in many countries. Many studies have shown a link between metabolic syndrome and obesity, elevated blood pressure, as well as higher blood glucose levels. The factors associated with these health problems include diet, lifestyle, environmental factors such as traffic noise, residential housing, including traffic air pollution, and neighborhood quality.
The researchers looked at whether long-term exposure to air pollution and the residential distance to green spaces is associated with the development of hypertension and some components of metabolic syndrome. The team focused on components including reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, obesity, higher blood glucose, and a high triglyceride level.
They found a strong link between high levels of air pollution and a higher risk of reduced high-density lipoprotein. In addition, they discovered that traffic-related exposure was linked with higher triglyceride level, reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and hypertension.
“Our research results enable us to say that we should regulate as much as possible the living space for one person in multifamily houses, improve the noise insulation of apartments, and promote the development of green spaces in multifamily houses,” said Agn Brazien, the study’s lead author.
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