Long-term exposure to pesticides is associated with an elevated risk of developing diabetes, according to a study by researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (Montgomery MP et al. Am J Epidemiol. 2008;167:1235-1246).
The study involved more than 33 000 licensed pesticide applicators enrolled in the Agricultural Health Study, who provided information about lifetime exposure and their medical history. An analysis of the data revealed that exposure to 7 pesticides—aldrin, chlordane, heptachlor, dichlorvos, trichlorfon, alachlor, and cyanazine—increased the workers' odds of developing diabetes and that the incidence of diabetes increased with cumulative days of exposure.
Pesticides-Diabetes Link. JAMA. 2008;300(4):386. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.90