Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Evidence Links Pesticides With Diabetes

A new study links, yet again, pesticide levels in humans with diabetes. Milk and meat have some of the highest levels of pesticides.

Association Between Type 2 Diabetes And Exposure To Persistent Organic Pollutants, Diabetes Care, August 2011

Those with the highest levels of certain pesticides in their blood had an over two times! higher risk of diabetes than those with the lowest levels. The strength of this association is leading researchers to conclude a cause-and-effect situation.

Here's Dr. David Jacobs, professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota:
"I fear that the association of chlorinated persistent organic pollutants with diabetes is causal. There is a large scientific background of cell-based and animal research that shows that these compounds disrupt endocrine (hormonal) function."
- More Evidence Links Pesticides, Diabetes
I've worked in diabetes for over 15 years, and this link with pesticides has always been discussed, but there's more research data accumulating. One point I often mention - that animal products harbor the highest levels - was also mentioned here:
"Diet is the main potential source of exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- with fatty foods, like dairy products and oily fish, topping the list."

"Experts say that one way to limit your exposure to the chemicals is to limit the animal fat in your diet."

"[These] pollutants impair the body's ability to regulate blood sugar."

"Some of the compounds also have been shown to promote obesity."
Ironically, people with diabetes who try to control their blood sugar by reducing carbohydrates end up eating more animal foods and fatty foods, both of which add to their pesticide burden more than the carbs they shun, making blood sugar that much harder to control.


RB said...

I heard that high levels of saturated fats actually decrease insulin sensitivity. Reducing meat (i.e. saturated fats) and adding carbs like vegetable, fruits and beans can actually improve insulin sensitivity. Fat with pesticides must provide a double whammy.

For what its worth, here is a link to another study linking red meat to type 2 diabetes.

"Beans and greens" sounds better all the time.

Angela and Melinda said...

And whole grains. Beans & greens for sure though.

Pest Control Portland said...

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