Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Chew on This: Persistent Organic Pollutants May Promote Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Chew on This: Persistent Organic Pollutants May Promote Insulin Resistance Syndrome

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Animal studies indicate some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) may be endocrine disruptors and suggest similar health risks for humans. Recent studies have further suggested an association between exposure to POPs and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Now an experimental animal study reports evidence of a causal link between POP exposure and insulin resistance syndrome, a cluster of metabolic disorders--including type 2 diabetes--that are marked by sustained high blood sugar [EHP 118:465-471; Ruzzin et al.].

POPs accumulate in fatty tissue, where they can remain for years because they are not easily broken down. Fatty fish are a potential source of POP exposure in many human populations. However, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish oil may have beneficial health effects, possibly including protective effects on insulin resistance, that could counterbalance any adverse effects of POPs in fatty fish.

In the current study, rats were exposed for 28 days to high-fat diets that contained either crude fish oil (from farmed Atlantic salmon) or fish oil that was refined to remove POPs. As expected, the crude fish oil contained much higher levels of POPs than the refined oil. Gene expression profile comparisons of the livers of the 2 treatment groups showed that POP exposure disrupted lipid homeostasis. …

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