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Nov 14
2016

Guest commentary
Party Like It’s World Diabetes Day!

By Sarah Howard, MS
Coordinator of the Diabetes-Obesity ScienceServ

Usually, “diabetes” and “party” are never mentioned in the same sentence. The reasons are obvious: diabetes is a horrible, life-changing and life-threatening diagnosis. More than 400 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and more than half a million children under 15 have type 1 diabetes. One in seven infants worldwide are exposed to their mother’s high glucose levels in the womb.International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas—7th Edition. 2015.

In addition, international scientists are now researching the role of environmental chemical exposures in diabetes. Convincing laboratory and epidemiological evidence has been published suggesting that exposure to "metabolic disrupting" chemicals may contribute to the development of diabetes in later life, especially if the exposure occurred early in life.Heindel JJ et al. Parma consensus statement on metabolic disruptors. Environmental Health. 2015 Jun 20;14:54.  . . .

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