Study Finds Air Pollution Linked to Increased Incidence of Diabetes and Hypertension in African American Women

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The incidence of type 2 diabetes and hypertension increases with cumulative levels of exposure to nitrogen oxides, according to a new study led by researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) at Boston University. The study, which appears online in the journal Circulation, was led by Patricia Coogan, D.Sc., associate professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and the SEC.

Researchers assessed the risks of incident hypertension and diabetes associated with exposure to nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM2.5) in a cohort of approximately 4,000 African American women living in Los Angeles. NOx are indicators of traffic-related air pollution. From 1995-2005, 531 incident cases of hypertension and 183 incident cases of diabetes occurred among the participants in the Los Angeles area. The risk of diabetes increased by a significant 24 percent, and the risk of hypertension by 11 percent, for each 12 ppb increase in exposure to NOx.

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2 responses to “Study Finds Air Pollution Linked to Increased Incidence of Diabetes and Hypertension in African American Women”

  1. J.M. Burt says :

    Whenever I think about the high rates of disease for black women, I think about the situation in my city with infant mortality. A lot of flack is given on black women supposedly having higher rates of abortion (which i don’t believe) , but little to no focus is spent on the factors that are compromising the health of black women and preventing black women from successful births

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