Exercising in Polluted Regions Is Not Risky
This is the first study that investigated the combined effects of regular physical activity and chronic exposure to PM2.5 on the development of type 2 diabetes.
Air pollution is associated with systemic inflammation which can lead to early glucose dysmetabolism and thus the development of diabetes. Physical activity can prevent diabetes. However, it may also increase the inhalation of air pollutants due to high ventilation and exacerbate the adverse health effects of air pollution.
CU Medicine led the first study to investigate the combined effects of regular physical activity and chronic exposure to PM2.5 on the development of type 2 diabetes. By analysing the data from around 160,000 adults, the team found that regular exercise is a safe diabetes prevention strategy for people living in polluted regions. The results have just been published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).