Diabetes in Latino children linked to air pollution ‒ study


Hundreds of Latino children who were studied for over a decade faced a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes after exposure to nitrogen dioxide and tiny pollutants from cars and power plants, a new report finds.

A recent study from scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) tracked 314 overweight Latino children living in areas with high levels of air pollution, and found they had an increased risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes.

The study is the first to find a correlation between air pollution and diabetes risk.

The children who participated in the study came from areas that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have excess nitrogen dioxide and tiny air pollution particles that are created from automobiles and power plants. Over 12 years of testing, scientists found that chronic exposure to these conditions was linked to a breakdown of insulin-creating cells in the pancreas, called beta cells, which help maintain blood sugar levels.

Every year, the children were asked to fast before they came into the Childhood Obesity Research Center at USC, where scientists measured their glucose and insulin levels. They found that when the children turned 18 years old, they had about 36 percent more insulin than normal, meaning their bodies were becoming less responsive to insulin.

It has been the conventional wisdom that this increase in diabetes is the result of an uptick in obesity due to sedentary lifespans and calorie-dense diets,” Frank Gilliland, senior author said in the study. “Our study shows air pollution also contributes to Type 2 diabetes risk.”

The team at USC concluded that long-term exposure to air pollution had a greater effect than gaining 5 percent body weight.

The study suggests that people who want to reduce their risk should avoid exposure to air pollution as much as possible, especially young children and infants.

Air pollution is ubiquitous, especially in Los Angeles,” Alderete said. “It’s important to consider the factors that you can control – for example, being aware that morning and evening commute times might not be the best time to go for a run. Change up your schedule so that you’re not engaging in strenuous activity near sources of pollutants or during peak hours.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also suggests that people can lower their chances of contracting diabetes by knowing the risk factors associated with diabetes such as an unhealthy diet, a lack of physical activity, a family history of diabetes, certain socioeconomic conditions and race.

According to the CDC, Hispanics are 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes than whites.

The study cautions that their findings may be generalized only to overweight Latino children of a lower socioeconomic status.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • robertsgt40

    Living in a town that has 70% Latinos for 50yrs, there’s a little more to the story. Their daily diet is loaded with garbage. My town has been awarded fatest city in America multiple times. I’m curious what California is going tell the kids when they start glowing in the dark?

    • VicB3

      Not just diet – Coca Cola for breakfast and so forth, the norm in Mexico. (Go visit a Mexican/Latino market to see the extent of the sugary/greasy/starchy staple foodstuffs for sale.) Consider also that most are Indios, and thus are already genetically prone to Diabetes. Add to the mix that they’re living in South Central L.A. or the North Valley, and thus merely stepping outside is risking your life – Cholos/MS-13/Gangbang Assholes/etc. shooting up the place – so in turn you stay inside and watch novelas or play video games.


      So yeah, they’re Diabetic. But it’s not the smog. That just happens to be a general air quality artifact that all of the L.A. basin, has to deal with, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena, San Marino et al, i.e. skinny (more or less) and Anglo.

      This Smog=Diabetes conclusions just the results of another false correlation study intended to provoke some guilt and generate grant money. It only confirms yet again to anybody with a brain that correlation is not causation.

      Just a thought.


      • robertsgt40

        You nailed it on all counts. They take a huge toll on healthcare here. My state Texas used to hold the title for the largest number of grandmothers under the age of 35. At some point the financial geometric progression overtakes the ability to be paid for. That’s where we are now. Clearly socialism didn’t work.

      • Lou

        Trump did it.

  • Formally

    Liberal science,… blame it on air pollution,smoking, global warming, or Russia. The solution is as always…..American money. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3966bebe8a302fa14a3c7171cba46a446c2568bbc4f69d09bc214272ab6542c5.jpg

  • Anti Everything

    Of course, blame the air. Well a contributing factor maybe as bad air can make one low on energy and appear lazy. But it is eating crap GMO phoods, soda pop, and all the chemicals in the things people eat that go directly to how our bodies function.

  • Latinos have, many of them, Amerindian genes in them, and it is a well-established fact that America’s native people have extraordinarily high rates of type 2 diabetes.

    There is quite likely a genetic weakness of some kind.