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.


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


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