Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Even in the Womb, Can Cause Diabetes

January 2018

Fetal exposure to environmental chemicals, including those found in plastics and in air pollution, can cause type 2 diabetes when the child reaches adulthood, according to worrisome new studies.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, a veteran toxicologist and director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), revealed this information on Monday at the 10th annual conference of the Environmental and Health Fund (EHF) held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. In the area of children’s environmental health, NIEHS supports a number of local and international research projects that are examining the effects on children’s health of air pollution, metals, pesticides and other environmental contaminants.

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