Ambient air pollution: An emerging risk factor for diabetes mellitus

Xiaoquan Rao, Jessica Montresor-Lopez, Robin Puett, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Robert D. Brook

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Growing evidence supports that air pollution has become an important risk factor for developing diabetes mellitus. Understanding the contributing effect of air pollution in population studies, elucidating the potential mechanisms involved, and identifying the most responsible pollutants are all required in order to promulgate successful changes in policy and to help formulate preventive measures in an effort to reduce the risk for diabetes. This review summarizes recent findings from epidemiologic studies and mechanistic insights that provide links between exposure to air pollution and a heightened risk for diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent diabetes reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Particulate matter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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