Air Pollution and Metabolic Disorders

Updated Sept. 7, 2019

* More exposure to air pollution, even short term, decreases insulin sensitivity, glucose tolerance, increases rates of Type I and Type II diabetes, and promotes obesity and metabolic syndrome.

*Prenatal exposure has a particularly strong association with childhood obesity. 

*Lipid metabolism is impaired, good cholesterol (HDL) is decreased, and bad cholesterol (LDL) is increased with more air pollution.

*Air pollution impairs thyroid function in pregnant mothers, thyroid development in the fetus.  and thyroid function newborns.  Impaired thyroid function is a likely mechanism for air pollution causing low birth weight.

*Diesel exhaust impairs liver function

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