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Prenatal air pollution exposure tied to higher blood sugar during childhood

There's also not much that expectant parents can do to change their exposure to air pollution, unless they're in a position to move to a place with better air quality


Lisa Rapaport | Reuters 

Kids who are exposed to air pollution in the womb may have higher blood sugar levels during childhood than kids without this exposure, according to a study that suggests particle pollution could be an environmental risk factor for diabetes. Researchers focused on so-called PM 2.5, a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that can include dust, dirt, soot and smoke. This type of air pollution, also known as fine particulate matter, has been previously been linked to lung damage as well as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and ...

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First Published: Sat, January 11 2020. 23:13 IST