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Billions at risk as new study shows link between artificial light and diabetes

Worldwide this is even more of an issue as it is estimated 83 percent of the global population and almost 100 percent of those in the US and Europe live under light-polluted skies.

The research concludes: “There were significant associations between chronic exposure to higher intensity of outdoor LAN with increased risk of impaired glucose homoeostasis (the balance of insulin and glucagon to maintain blood glucose) and diabetes prevalence.

“Our findings contribute to the growing evidence that LAN is detrimental to health and point to outdoor LAN as a potential novel risk factor for diabetes.”

According to Diabetes.co.uk, “normal” blood sugar levels are between 4.0 to 5.4 millimoles per litre (mmol/L) when fasting, and up to 7.8 mmol/L two hours after eating.

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