Globally in 2016, 3·2 million cases of incident diabetes and about 8·2 million years of healthy life lost due to diabetes are attributed to air pollution.
According to senior author of study published in The lancet planetary health, “They found an increased risk of diabetes, even at low levels of air pollution currently considered safe by the world health organization (who).” Results showed geographical variations in the burden of diabetes attributable to air pollution. The burden is more skewed in under developed regions. With economic development, contribution of air pollution to non-communicable diseases and diabetes become even more prominent.
The results of published study will possibly help to promote the awareness about effect of air pollution on health and its contribution to burden of diabetes or non communicable diseases.
According to WHO database’s ranking of particulate pollution in cities, India is home to 11 of the top 12 cities. In India, almost 1 out of 10 adult is estimated to be affected by diabetes and ranked second in the world with estimated 69 million diabetic patients.