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Air pollution bad for type 2 diabetes patients

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By Jimmy Downs

Wednesday April 24, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study in Diabetes Care suggests exposure to outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of complications in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Chittaranjan S. Yajnik, MD, FRCP from King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India and colleagues conducted the study and found the association between ambient air pollutants and serum C-reactive protein concentration in type 2 diabetics in India.

Enrolled in the study were 1392 type 2 diabetes patients residing in Pune, India.  Data on daily time series of ambient air pollution were obtained from monitoring sites and serum C-reactive protein concentrations were measured in the type 2 diabetic patients participating in the Wellcome Trust Genetic Study between 2005 and 2007.
The researchers concluded ambient air pollution can contribute to systemic inflammation in Indian Type 2 diabetes patients and the pollution can cause implications for vascular complications in type 2 diabetes.

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