The group of persistent organic pollutants (POPS) includes pesticides, biphenyls and other substances. They practically are not amenable to biological degradation and accumulate in the environment. A number of studies proves that high concentrations of POPS significantly increase the risk of diabetes of the second type. It is reported Zee News.

Pesticides are widely used in household and food industries. They tend to accumulate not only in the environment but in the human body, animals. Scientists tried to explain how organic pollutants affect the metabolism in the body.

In the study, they measured levels of DDE, GBH and other substances in the blood of pregnant women at the initial stages of pregnancy. At 24-28 week, the volunteers underwent a medical examination at gestational diabetes (gestational diabetes). The risk in women with excessively high levels of hazardous organic compounds in the blood was increased 4.4-fold.

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