In a study carried out in 2010, levels of toxic metals in mothers with insulin-dependent diabetes and their infants were compared to the levels in mothers without diabetes and their infants.
The levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead were significantly higher in the mothers with diabetes and their infants.
As a result, researchers suggest that these metals may play a role in the development of diabetes (Kolachi et al. 2010).
Pollution from exhaust fumes can develop resistance to insulin
Scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich studied blood samples from 397 10-year-olds and estimated each child’s average daily exposure to pollution from exhaust fumes. Results showed that children living in areas with higher levels of pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide in the air, were significantly more likely to develop resistance to insulin.
Dr. Joachim Heinrich, one of the study’s authors, said: “Whether the air pollution-related increased the risk of insulin resistance in school-age children has any clinical significance is an open question so far. However, the results of this study support the notion that the development of diabetes in adults might have its origin in early life, including environmental exposures.”
“We know exposure to air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” says John Brownstein, PhD, of the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. “This is just one more piece of evidence that pollution impacts health.”
Increase in diabetes globally
Diabetes is one of the most chronic diseases in Canada and is on the rise, according to Health Canada. In a 10-year period, the prevalence of diabetes has increased from 3.3% of the population in 1998 to 5.6% in 2008.
From 1983 to 2008, the number of people in the world with diabetes increased seven-fold, from 35 million to 240 million. It is projected to affect 380 million by the year 2030.
The Environmental Working Group’s study uncovered that the average newborn baby has 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are neurotoxic. The chemicals these infants are exposed to include pesticides, phthalates, bisphenol A, flame retardants, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.
Insulin and diabetes
Insulin enables glucose, the body’s blood sugar, to reach your cells so that it can be used for energy. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or the body cannot use that insulin effectively, this creates a build-up of blood glucose. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose. There are two main categories of diabetes:
Type 1 was formerly referred to as “juvenile onset diabetes”. It usually occurs typically before the age of 20. The pancreas, the organ that produces insulin, is destroyed by auto-antibodies. As a result, people with this disease are completely dependent on obtaining insulin externally since they cannot produce it themselves.
Type 2 was formerly referred to as “adult onset diabetes”. The cause is a medical condition called “insulin resistance.” Individuals diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes are usually heavy and often over the age of 35. With them, the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin and cannot use the insulin effectively that it does make.
In both cases, the underlying cause of diabetes is due to the pancreas not working the way it should.
Why the increase in diabetes?
The recent increase in numbers over has occurred over a relatively short period. Besides diet, what can be a contributing factor?
Several studies have been carried out to find out answers to this question. This is what has been noted:
Excess heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, and a deficiency of zinc, all contribute to diabetes
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that diabetes increased nearly 50 percent between the years of 1991 and 2000. Their study looked at the effects of heavy metals in vitro (in a test tube), in vivo (in living organisms) and human subjects.
The metals zinc, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and nickel were all studied as they are known neurotoxins. Based on this analysis, they determined that arsenic, cadmium, mercury and nickel all contribute to diabetes, as does a lack of zinc, a nutrient that helps prevent heavy metal damage.
Toxic metals, vaccinations, and poor dietary habits can result in increased diabetes
Studies in the U.S. and Europe have found toxic metals and vaccinations to be factors in the increase in the number of cases of diabetes, along with poor dietary habits. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no safe level of mercury.
A new solution
As we can see, environmental pollution and heavy metal toxicity have been identified as contributors to the increase in diabetes. It only makes sense that when glands or organs, such as the pancreas, are burdened with toxic wastes, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals, they begin to fail and cannot function properly. Their vital life-force has been severely altered and restricted.
Dr. Mark Hyman takes it one step further by clearly stating that detoxification may be an effective way to treat diabetes:
“This suggests a new model of potential treatment for diabetes and obesity. A comprehensive detoxification program for petrochemical and heavy metal toxins may be an effective addition to the treatment of diabetes and obesity.”
Life may or may not begin at 40. Life and vitality certainly do begin when you free your body from its accumulated toxic burden!