Correlation between prevalence of diabetes, air pollution
eganje at co.oakland.mi.us
Mon Jul 29 13:08:58 PDT 2002
I'm not ready to create an association, yet. We know certain population
groups of minority ethnicity, jewish, arabic or swedish descent have a
higher incidence of diabetes. We already know that asthma occurs at a
greater rate in the urban areas where minorities have migrated to work in
industry. I'd like to see more study first, here...before we develop a
conclusion like " everyone who drinks water dies ."
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Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2002 11:00 AM
To: Public Health Nutrition Discussion and Information Group
Subject: Re: Correlation between prevalence of diabetes, air pollution
This is why I wonder why we spend so much time debating diets vs.
nondiets, fat vs. carbohydrate, etc., etc. If we can squeeze whatever
results we want to out of a study based on how it is designed...it seems to
me that we are ignoring some of the most important aspects of the etiology
of these diseases, many of which are environmental. Sometimes you can get
so focused on minutia that a very big, very obvious "elephant in the living
room" is right in front of you just waiting to be discovered.
I am NOT saying nutrition and exercise are not important, I wouldn't be a
dietitian if I thought they weren't. I just think more and more that we
give them too much importance, at the expense of the public, who needs us to
be looking at the very big picture, without bias or personal issues clouding
Monika M. Woolsey, MS, RD
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