Overexposed - The link between toxic chemicals and diabetes

YOU might not immediately make the link between preparing meals with tinned foods and type 2 diabetes but a growing body of research is raising concerns that man-made chemicals, such as those commonly found in food containers, might be contributing to the global growth of the disease.

Last month UK science-based charity Chemtrust released a review of 240 studies concluding that exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly found in food and manufacturing products such as phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) and some pesticides can adversely affect glucose regulation and may be under-recognised risk factors for both obesity and diabetes.1

With the predicted prevalence of type 2 diabetes expected to hit around 400 million over the next 20 years, researchers in Australia, the US and Europe are looking beyond the conventional risk factors to understand what else might be contributing to such exponential growth and the latest UK review appears to be adding fuel to the