PCBs plus obesity equals diabetes.
Now, a follow-up study, published in March 2007, suggests an association in non-diabetic people between certain pesticides, PCBs and insulin resistance--the diabetes precursor. In this study, fat people with POPs in their blood were more likely to develop insulin resistance than thin people with POPs, but the expected association between obesity and insulin resistance disappeared in people with no POPs. According to Lee, this suggests that it is possible that it is the POPs stored in fat tissue and not obesity itself, that is a key factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. The association exists at everyday background levels of POPs.
However, Matthew Longnecker from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina, suggests that people with diabetes, or a pre-diabetic condition, may clear POPs from their system at a slower rate, which would lead to increased POP concentrations over time. Long-term studies are planned.
New Scientist, 14 April 2007.
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|Publication:||CME: Your SA Journal of CPD|
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