We all know that following high-calorie diet and being inactive may contribute to diabetes.

It's mainly about type 2 diabetes, in which body cells become resistant to hormone insulin. This chemical is normally created by the pancreas in order to convert glucose from foods into the energy and transport it inside the cells.

If cells don't perceive insulin as needed, they don't get enough glucose and energy. At the same time, blood sugar levels increase bit by bit, causing damage to the vessels.

Elevated blood glucose levels may result in poor vision, nerve damage, heart disease and kidney dysfunction.

You've probably heard that obesity and genetic predisposition play a great role in developing diabetes.

But recent researches found that there are some less known, but not less harmful factors.

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Nowadays we experience influence of wide variety of chemicals, located in plastics, foods and detergents. These environmental substances can really affect your health and disrupt natural processes in your body.

Let's get acquainted with the most unexpected and dangerous diabetes triggers:

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#1. Polychlorinated biphenyls – PCBs are industrial chemicals, which were forbidden by the US Environmental Protection Agency. However they still exist in marine foods and dairy. According to the studies, exposure to these substances can double hazards of getting diabetes.

#2. Organochlorine – though these pesticides were also banned, it's possible to get them from high-fat meat and dairy. Like PCBs, they can doubly elevate risks of developing diabetes.

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#3. Phthalates – you can find these matters in plastic containers, toys and cosmetics. Specialists say that phthalates have ability to disrupt your endocrine balance, changing cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

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#4. Bisphenol A – this substance is involved into the plastic production. Sometimes it can run into the food, impairing your immune system and boosting risks of diabetes.

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#5. PDBE – polybrominated diphenyl ethers (sounds fearful, isn't it?) is used to prevent ignition in textiles, electronic etc. People can get these endocrine disruptors with foods and when inhaling indoor air. Animal studies found that PDBE can trigger hyperglycemia (significant elevation of blood sugar levels) and reduce insulin production.

#6. N-nitroso components – they are usually present in high-processed products. These compounds can be also released into the digestive tract, when nitrates from foods are transformed into the nitrites and then react with other chemicals. N-nitroso compounds affect pancreatic cells, cutting down insulin generation.

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