Arsenic levels in drinking water increase risk of diabetes

WASHINGTON – Millions of people across the U.S. may be drinking water that actually increases their chance of contracting type 2 diabetes. According to AFP, a recently published study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concludes that “arsenic could influence genetic factors that interfere with insulin sensitivity and other processes, or could contribute to oxygen-related cell damage, inflammation and cell death, which have also been related to diabetes.”

But researcher Ana Navas-Acien and her colleagues remain hopeful, emphasizing that, “given widespread exposure to inorganic arsenic from drinking water worldwide, elucidating the contribution of arsenic to the diabetes epidemic is a public health research priority with potential implications for the prevention and control of diabetes.”

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Source: AFP

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