Climate Change Might Be Linked to Diabetes

Scientists are researching to see if a correlation exists between climate change and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

“We calculated that a 1-degree Celsius rise in environmental temperature could account for more than 100,000 new diabetes cases per year in the USA alone,” Lisanne Blauw, a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands and lead author of the study.

The study found that between 1996 and 2009 there was a 4 percent increase in diabetes diagnosis for every 1-degree Celsius increase in outdoor temperature. One degree Celsius is equivalent to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

The study has only found an association between climate change and diabetes, not causation.

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Statistics on Diabetes in the U.S., and how the body regulates blood glucose. Infographic from blog.houstonmethodist.org

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