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Diabetes Risk Increases With Insecticides

By Rodney Rafols , Jan 23, 2017 08:20 AM EST
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Insecticides can pose risks to people. It has chemicals that have harmful effects, and many of the insecticides used are poisonous as well. Now another effect could be attributed to them, as diabetes risk increases with insecticides.

The chemicals found in insecticides have detrimental health effects. Another effect has been found by researchers. The chemicals are said to bind with receptors in the human body. These receptors are closely tied to melatonin. Melatonin disruption could cause a number of issues including diabetes.

Understanding how melatonin disruption could cause metabolic diseases is being studied by researchers. The study is said to be the first made that shows the relationship between melatonin disruption and chemicals found in household products, as observed by Margarita L. Dubocovich, Ph.D. and the senior author of the study. She is also the SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo.

Two chemicals have been studied in the research. One of them is carbaryl and the other is carbofuran. Carbaryl has been banned in several countries, though it is still being used in the US. Carbofuran is said to be the most toxic carbamate insecticide and has been banned for use since 2009. Some countries still use carbofuran though, according to the University of Buffalo News Center.

The two chemicals have been found to have a structure similar to melatonin. This makes them bind to melatonin receptors and can cause effects on glucose and insulin secretion, as explained by study co-author Marina Popevska-Gorevski and a scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. She has previously been in Dubocovich's lab as she earned her master's degree, as Science Daily reports.

With the use of the chemicals, sleep patterns and metabolic functions could be altered, the study has found. This could also increase the risk in chronic diseases. The study is important as diabetes risk increases with insecticides. Researchers have found that the type of sugar used is very important to health.

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