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Diabetes and the environment


Diabetes and the environment

For those interested in the role that environmental toxins may play in the development of diabetes.

Website: http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org
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Latest Activity: Mar 4, 2014

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Comment by Sarah Howard on March 4, 2014 at 9:46am

The Link Between Arsenic Exposure and Diabetes: A Review of the Current Research

Mar 11, 2014

RSVP: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/wg_calls/13959

There is strong evidence that high levels of arsenic exposure can increase the risk of diabetes. Can lower levels of exposure as well? This is one of the questions that researchers are now trying to answer. This call on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern features two experts who study arsenic and diabetes, Dr. Ana Navas-Acien and Dr. Mirek Styblo. Dr. Navas-Acien will discuss epidemiological evidence linking arsenic to diabetes, focusing on lower exposure levels, such as those found in the US. Dr. Styblo will review the potential mechanisms involved in the diabetogenic effects of arsenic.

One interesting aspect of arsenic-induced diabetes is that it seems to be somewhat different from typical type 1 (autoimmune) or type 2 (insulin resistant) diabetes. Many of the human studies have found that arsenic exposure is indeed associated with diabetes, but surprisingly, not necessarily with insulin resistance. It seems that diabetes linked to arsenic exposure may combine mechanisms involved in type 1 and 2 diabetes, or may involve entirely different mechanisms.

Comment by Sarah Howard on April 5, 2012 at 11:28am
Comment by Sarah Howard on March 20, 2012 at 9:06am

A new report was just released by CHEM Trust:
"A review of the science linking chemical exposures to the human risk of obesity and diabetes"

Comment by Sarah Howard on February 2, 2012 at 7:26am

Role of Environmental Chemicals in Diabetes and Obesity: A National Toxicology Program Workshop Report
Free full text online!

Comment by Sarah Howard on January 3, 2012 at 10:11am

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is hosting a call on Gut microbiota, environmental chemicals, and diabetes/ obesity on Jan. 19, 2012, 1 pm EST.
For info/ to rsvp:

Gut microbiota, environmental chemicals, and diabetes/obesity

Comment by Sarah Howard on December 8, 2011 at 3:28am

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment Alaska Working Group is hosting a call:
The Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity

DATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2011,
9:00 am Alaska Time/ 10:00 am Pacific/ 1:00 pm Eastern

RSVP: To join this free call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to Alaska Community Action on Toxics at diana@akaction.org. 

Emerging scientific studies suggest environmental chemicals may be contributing factors to the epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Can a fetus’ exposure to toxic chemicals in the womb cause obesity or diabetes at age 5, 15, or 25? Is part of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. linked to chemical exposures that occur in childhood? A growing number of researchers are exploring how chemicals used in plastics, food packaging, pesticides and cosmetics can corrupt normal function of metabolic hormones and trigger dramatic increases in body fat. Guest speakers Bruce Blumberg, PhD and David O. Carpenter, M.D. will discuss the cutting-edge science linking chemical exposures to the growing epidemics of diabetes and obesity. 

For info:Role of Environmental Chemicals in Diabetes and Obesity

Comment by Sarah Howard on March 29, 2011 at 10:29am
Diabetes and Obesity: Evaluating the Science on Chemical Contributors

The Collaborative on Health and Environment, an international partnership working to share scientific research information on the impact of environmental factors on human health, is hosting an informational call on "Diabetes and Obesity: Evaluating the Science on Chemical Contributors" on Friday, April 15 (for more information, or to sign up (it's free!), see http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/8928).

Afterwards, the call will be available for download as an MP3 recording. This call will highlight current research efforts on diabetes and chemicals, identify research gaps, and summarize the findings of the U.S. National Toxicology Program's workshop on the role of environmental chemicals in the development of diabetes and obesity (http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov/evals/diabetesobesity/index.html).
Comment by Robert Miles on February 6, 2011 at 1:19pm
Comment by Sarah Howard on February 6, 2011 at 11:50am
The National Toxicology Program will publish their review of the evidence linking diabetes to environmental chemicals in the next few months. A Jan. '11 workshop included discussion of six types of chemicals: arsenic and other heavy metals; bisphenol A; organotins and phthalates; pesticides; persistent organic pollutants; and maternal smoking during pregnancy/nicotine. Participants evaluated evidence that exposure to these chemicals are associated with the development of diabetes or obesity. According to workshop Chair, Dr. Michael Gallo, "some of these associations are pretty strong … these data really show us that there is biological plausibility to some of these or all of these chemical groups."
We will be working to do more outreach to people with diabetes about these issues; any assistance is welcome!
Sarah Howard
Comment by Sarah Howard on September 10, 2010 at 7:18am
The U.S. National Toxicology Program is holding a workshop on "The Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity." While it will focus on type 2 diabetes, type 1 will be included as well.
It is scheduled for Jan. 11-13, 2011, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is open to the public. For more info:

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