What do non-stick cookware, grease and water-repellent materials such as ski wax and GoreTex, and firefighting foam, all have in common? The answer is the perfluorinated compounds they contain are all linked to diabetes according to a new study.
This study was carried out by a research group at the Uppsala University in Sweden who have previously conducted similar studies that have shown an association between high levels of environmental toxins such as…
- pesticides and phthalates, and
- Type 2 diabetes.
This new study at Uppsala University focused on whether elevated levels of another type of environmental toxin named “perfluorinated compounds” are related to diabetes.
The perfluorinated compounds the researchers were looking for are commonly used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products such as food contact material and non-stick cookware.
This recent study team recruited more than a thousand 70-year-old men and women from Uppsala. The team measured these individuals’ blood for seven different perfluorinated compounds and related whether or not any of these individuals had diabetes. One hundred and fourteen persons in the study had diabetes.
The team found…
- all 7 perfluorinated compounds in almost all of the study participants.
The team noted…
- the highest levels of the perfluorononanoic acid were linked to the individuals with diabetes.
According to Monica Lind, the associate professor at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Uppsala University, perfluorononanoic acid is linked to Type 2 diabetes due to the disruption of the secretion of insulin from the pancreas.
This study has now raised the question of whether high levels of certain individual perfluorinated compounds are linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
From both of the studies mentioned above, we can learn a lot in regard to ensuring our environment is as free as possible from synthetic man-made chemicals. Some synthetic man-made chemicals have more of a potential to cause not only toxic overload in a person, but the potential to cause a serious disease such as Type 2 diabetes.
All diabetics would benefit from doing their best to apply this chemical free rule when it comes to the food we eat, as the Uppsala University has found a link between pesticides and diabetes. By eating certified organic food or chemical free food, you could be playing a big role in not only preventing the development of problems that lead to raised blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes, but managing the condition you currently live with.
In the future, through further studies, we could end up finding pesticides play a reasonable role in keeping you in a diabetic state – and may even trigger the disease in the first place.