Simply living in a city could raise diabetes risk, study says

Though new methods for curing diabetes are being studied, it's obviously better to never get it in the first place. Unfortunately, it turns out air pollution in cities might raise one's risk of developing diabetes, according to the Danish Cancer Society.

In a study of 2,800 of the 52,000 residents of Denmark (a 5.5 percent sample size) during ten years, it was found that pollution increased diabetes risk in the general population by four percent. This is considered borderline significant, but these days, any factor leading to diabetes should be noted.

Interestingly, in non-smokers, the risk rose by twelve percent, and in people who regularly hit the gym, it rose by twelve percent. Of course, this is probably due to the fact that these two sets of people don't have many other factors leading them to diabetes, so any risk increase will naturally be a little higher for them than for others.

Unfortunately, this study is more cautionary about pollution than anything: not much can be done about this risk, and most folks aren't going to be fleeing their cities anytime soon.

So, if you live in lovely New York and want to decrease your risk of diabetes, do it the old-fashioned way: watch what you eat, become a regular at the gym or in the park and don't start smoking — or ween yourself off, if you have.

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Via The Atlantic