Why Are Diabetes Rates High Among Farmers?

A new report looking at diabetes in the United States breaks down diabetes rates by occupation. Transportation workers had the highest rates, with lifestyle factors being the likely culprit. However, farmers came in second, even though their diet and exercise profiles did not seem to indicate particular risk. Some prior studies suggest pesticide use could be linked to higher diabetes rates; however, the fact that the farmers who participated in the report were also older on average than the other occupational groups may also be a reason for their higher rates, as age is a key risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Read more

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