Sunday, November 1, 2015

Diabetes = Genes + Environment

David Mendosa is not a doctor but he has diabetes and has done extensive research on the disease.  His website is the best first stop for those diagnosed with diabetes.

My diabetes is such a central part of my life... it did teach me discipline... it also taught me about moderation... I've trained myself to be super-vigilant... because I feel better when I am in control.

Sonia Sotomayor

A meta-analysis presented recently at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden, found that exposure to pesticide was associated with a 61 percent increased risk of diabetes. A team of six medical researchers from Greece, the U.K., and the U.S. identified 21 studies that had assessed the association between pesticides and diabetes. These were studies of 66,714 people.

The researchers also found 12 studies of the risk of type 2 diabetes from pesticides. This risk was increased by 64 percent.

A meta-analysis shows the correlation between different factors and doesn’t prove that one factor causes another. We need more research, but this study adds to the growing evidence we have that the pesticides we consume play a role in the development of diabetes.

When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.

Seth Godin

1 comment:

  1. I think there are lots of diseases that show up when the body gets overwhelmed.... any straw could be that last one that throws the body into disarray. Big factors include stress and diet. Stress puts the body in fight/flight mode (and takes it out of 'repair' mode). Diet is the ammunition the body has for doing anything... and if some that 'ammunition' is being used against the body itself (or at least takes away time from other, more constructive, processes), that just adds to the work load, and becomes another straw. I have no doubt that all the extra chemicals in our food supply may be helping with hunger, but are taking a big toll on health in the long run.


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