The development of the diabetes is generally related toobesity and tophysical inactivity, but according to new studies, its causes are more complex Recent research has in fact suggested that environmental risk factors, such as exposure to ozone, and air pollution in general, also play an important role., as explained by Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences UCLA Fielding School of Public Health which studied the impact of ozone, a common element of air pollution, on the health of human beings.
Whether in its pure form or mixed with other chemicals, ozone can be harmful to health.
If inhaled, ozone can damage the lungs. Relatively low amounts of ozone can cause chest pain, cough, shortness of breath and throat irritation. It can also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and impair the body’s ability to fight respiratory infections.
Available scientific evidence shows that, at concentrations that do not exceed public health standards, ozone is generally ineffective in controlling indoor air pollution.
The ozone concentration would have to far exceed sanitary standards to be effective in removing most indoor air contaminants. In the process of reacting with the chemicals inside, ozone can produce other chemicals which in turn can be irritating and corrosive.
“The ozone-related risk of developing diabetes is 1.5 times greater in the group with higher outdoor activities and, even in the group with lower activities, there is a significantly higher risk than in those living in less communities. polluted “, he has declared Ritz, a co-author of the research, who is also a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
“Physical activity is well known and widely recognized for its health benefits, but the beneficial effects that outdoor physical activities have on human health may need to be weighed against the harmful impacts of air pollution in areas affected by high temperatures. pollution levels“, Continued the expert.
The study, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
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“Mexican Americans are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, have a high prevalence of diabetes, and are also among the populations most exposed to air pollution in California“Said Dr. Mary N. Haan, emeritus professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and principal investigator of the SALSA study, started in 1998.
“However, so far we are not aware of any studies in the United States that have explored the relationship between ozone exposure and diabetes, or assessed whether out-of-door physical activity alters the associations between ozone and diabetes in this population.“, Specified the scientist.