Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > News 30 August 2013 Pollution is bad for us If you are eating healthily and exercising regularly, but still not seeing any improvements in your health, pollution could be to blame. 0 iStock Related African dust clouds bad for health Chemicals in plastics a health risk for kids Pond scum can cause liver failure Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Shark feeding frenzy caught on camera The recycling headache list If you're eating better and exercising regularly, but still aren't seeing improvements in your health, there might be a reason: pollution. According to a new research report published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, what you are eating and doing may not be the problem, but what's in what you are eating could be the culprit."This study adds evidences for rethinking the way of addressing risk assessment especially when considering that the human population is widely exposed to low levels of thousands of chemicals, and that the health impact of realistic mixtures of pollutants will have to be tested as well," said Brigitte Le Magueresse-Battistoni, a researcher involved in the work from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Environmental contaminants"Indeed, one pollutant could have a different effect when in mixture with other pollutants. Thus, our study may have strong implications in terms of recommendations for food security. Our data also bring new light to the understanding of the impact of environmental food contaminants in the development of metabolic diseases."To make this discovery, scientists used two groups of obese mice. Both were fed a high-fat, high-sucrose enriched diet, with one group receiving a cocktail of pollutants added to its diet at a very low dosage. These pollutants were given to the mice throughout—from pre-conception to adulthood. Although the researchers did not observe toxicity or excess of weight gain in the group having received the cocktail of pollutants, they did see a deterioration of glucose tolerance in females, suggesting a defect in insulin signalling. Study results suggest that the mixture of pollutants reduced oestrogen activity in the liver through enhancing an enzyme in charge of oestrogen elimination. In contrast to females, glucose tolerance was not impacted in males exposed to the cocktail of pollutants. However, males did show some changes in liver related to cholesterol synthesis and transport. This study fuels the concept that pollutants may contribute to the current prevalence of chronic diseases, including metabolic diseases and diabetes."This report that confirms something we've known for a long time: pollution is bad for us," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "But, what's equally important, it shows that evaluating food contaminants and pollutants on an individual basis may be too simplistic. We can see that when 'safe' levels of contaminants and pollutants act together, they have a significant impact on public health." More in Lifestyle Scientist call to test Karoo drinking water before fracking starts More: EnviroHealthNews SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Call for free flu shots in SA Lifestyle How tattoos change over 50 years News24 What your poo tells you News Could your soap really cause erectile dysfunction? News How youth gets high on cough medicine Parenting Why you should teach kids about sex abuse From our sponsors Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Marriage matters » Why marriages fail Divorce harder for kids from wealthy homes Why a curvaceous booty drives men wild "Should we get divorced?" After six years of marriage the spark is gone and this couple can't even have a conversation. Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.