Delhi's traffic-related air pollution can make you diabetic

New Delhi: The link between air pollution and diabetes has been corroborated further by a study done by researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München with German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). The study says that air pollutants in the environment increase the risk of developing diabetes. This study should raise alarm bells among the inhabitants of Delhi, rated as one of the most polluted cities in the world             The latest study published by a team of scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München corroborates with similar studies, which show a link between diabetes and air pollution. The researchers chose 3000 participants in the German city Augsburg and two adjacent areas. The participants were then asked to undergo interviews, physical tests, saliva and blood tests to study the markers of insulin resistance. Simultaneously, the air pollutant concentration in living quarters of the participants was estimated using computer models.   The study found that there is a strong correlation between insulin resistance and high level of air pollutants."In these individuals, the association between increases in their blood marker levels and increases in air pollutant concentrations is particularly significant! Thus, over the long term, especially for people with impaired glucose metabolism, air pollution is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes," DZD's Dr Katherine wolf said.  said. The study does not provide a direct link between air pollution and diabetes, but says air pollutants are a stepping stone to diabetes. Professor       This study done in collaboration with the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) shows that exposure to air pollutants in a subject’s home environment increases the risk of developing insulin resistance. Professor Annette Peters of DZD said, "Whether the disease becomes manifest and when this occurs is not only due to lifestyle or genetic factors, but also due to traffic-related air pollution". Earlier this year, a Chinese study and a Mexican-American study had come out with similar results