Type 2 Diabetes – Dangers of Air Pollution for Diabetics
Air pollution is associated with a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, lung disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Athens in Greece and other research facilities in Italy, Spain, and France collaborated on a ten-year study of air pollution and death from various causes in the Mediterranean region of Europe. Their results were published in the journal Environment International in March 2014.
Ten cities and metropolitan areas were included in the study. It was found after two days of unusually high air pollution, deaths from diabetes increased by 1.23 percent. After six days, deaths from heart disease increased by 1.33 percent, and there was more than a twofold increase in deaths from lung disease.
In 2001 the Mediterranean Intensive Oxidant Study discovered air pollution ranging from the ground to 15 kilometers in altitude over the eastern Mediterranean. It included layers of particles from northern Europe, Asia, and North America. Of course, no metropolitan area on Earth is entirely free from air pollution.
The American Lung Association recommends using the seattle aqi, reported on in the media, to judge how concerned to be about air pollution on any given day. The Air Quality Index, or AQI, is a measure of the amount of ozone and tiny particles of pollution in the atmosphere. Air is analyzed around the world every day and a scale from 0 to 500 is used to assess its quality…
- a score from 0 to 50 signifies good quality air with little or no pollution, and is symbolized by the color green.
- a score from 51 to 100, in the yellow region, is assigned for moderate pollution, and individuals with diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease should not work outdoors if possible.
- when the index falls in the orange region, from 101 to 150, it is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups and diabetic patients as well as individuals with heart or lung diseases should not have too much physical activity outdoors.
- when the AQI falls between 151 and 200, in the red zone, it is considered unhealthy for everyone and everyone should avoid prolonged exertion outdoors.
- when the score falls between 201 and 250, in the purple region, it is very unhealthy and everyone should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
Above 250 is considered hazardous, symbolized by maroon, and everyone should avoid outdoor activity. AQI is available from the Environmental Protection Agency and can be sent to mobile phones. Many newspapers, television news programs, and radio programs regularly report on air quality.
On days when going out jogging is dangerous, consider light aerobic exercises in an air-conditioned building. Check your pulse frequently and make sure that it does not go above its usual rate during physical activity.