Smog Tied To Increased Hypertension & Diabetes Risks In Black Women

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(BlackDoctor.org) — Air pollution may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in black American women, a new study suggests.

Previous research has shown that air pollution boosts the chances of acute cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack, but it hasn’t been known whether it also increases the likelihood of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

In this study, researchers examined the link between these chronic illnesses and exposure to nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, also known as particle pollution. Nitrogen oxides are indicators of traffic-related air pollution.