Arsenic Linked to Diabetes
New research by Johns Hopkins University has determined that repeated exposure to small amounts of Arsenic found in drinking water is strongly associated with the development of type-2 diabetes. Andrew Stern of Reuters explains:
Dr. Ana Navas-Acien and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found a "relatively strong" association between commonly found levels of arsenic in urine and type 2 diabetes in a study of American adults.
"It seems there is may be no safe level of arsenic," Navas-Acien said in a telephone interview.
"Worldwide it's a huge problem," she said. "As water becomes a scarce resource, we need additional sources."
Arsenic raises the risk for cancers of the bladder, lung, kidney, skin and, possibly, the prostate, Navas-Acien said.
The 20 percent of nearly 800 study participants who had the most arsenic in their bodies, a tolerable 16.5 micrograms per liter of urine, had 3.6 times the risk of developing late-onset diabetes than those in the bottom 20 percent, who had 3 micrograms per liter.
Levels of arsenic were 26 percent higher in people with late-onset, or type 2, diabetes than those without the disease, the study found.