Diabetes Health in the News: Study Finds Connection between Type 2 Diabetes and Climate Change

Scientists have long warned that climate change could lead to devastating effects on public health. However, researchers from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands have just recently examined the possible effect between climate change and type 2 diabetes.

The study found a 4% increase in type 2 diabetes incidence in the U.S. each year from 1996-2009 for every 1-degree Celsius increase in outdoor temperatures. Likewise, glucose intolerance increased worldwide by 0.17% for each 1-degree Celsius temperature increase. The study authors suggest future research to better understand the effects of global warming on diabetes and overall health status.

These findings were published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care on March 21, 2017.

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