Pesticides and diabetes

C&I Issue 12, 2008

An analysis of more than 30 000 regular pesticide users has found a link between higher pesticide use and diabetes. The researchers from the National Institutes of Health in the US found that of the 1171 subjects who developed diabetes over the course of the study, the incidence of diabetes was 17% higher in those who reported the highest level of pesticide exposure. People who used trichlorfon more than 10-times had a 250% increased risk of diabetes over those who used it least (Amer J Epidemiol, 2008, 167, 1235). Pesticides use has been linked to other diseases such as Parkinson’s (C&I 2008, 7, 5).

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