The effects of climate change are numerous and far reaching. Research reveals a surprising link between warmer climates to the rise in cases of type 2 diabetes.
– Every rise of 1 degree Celsius in environmental temperature was found to lead to more than 100,000 new cases of type II diabetes in the U.S. alone.
– Cold spell trigger the activation of brown fat that improves the sensitivity of the body to insulin to encourage burning of fat to keep the body warm.
– In the warmer climates, the brown fat is not activated and may lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
People need to realize that global warming may have serious implications for our health, as we showed in this study that more persons get diabetes in years that the mean outdoor temperature is higher.
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