Do contaminants play a role in diabetes? Evidence is growing.

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Marche contre le diabète en Inde lors d’une journée mondiale des Nations unies consacrée à cette épidémie, qui touche quelque 200 millions de personnes dans le monde. ©AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA

A Great Lakes study linking a pesticide in fish to diabetes adds to the growing chorus of studies suggesting that environmental contaminants may play a role in the widespread disease. “The science has been growing very, very rapidly, and to my mind, it’s one of the most exciting developments in the study of diabetes,” said David O. Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.

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