20.8.08

Arsenic link to Diabetes!


Resorting to bottled water?


According to the latest research, arsenic exposure (drinking water being the main suspect) could be linked to Type 2 Diabetes.


How does Arsenic find its way into drinking water? Dissolved minerals or pollutant from Coal Burning and Copper Smelting.

Although how Arsenic is linked to Diabetes not clear, new standards for drinking water are required.

Read this article here.

This is not the first case of Arsenic contamination of groundwater which leads to our taps. If you search in Wikipedia, you will find an entire article about it (link here). The worst case occurred in Bangladesh causing many fatalities.

Type 2 Diabetes (non-Insulin dependant Diabetes) is a type of metabolic disorder. The number of sufferers has risen significantly in developed countries and has reached epidemic level. Read more about it in this Wikipedia article.

This is indeed worrying for many of us and we will see many mothers rushing out to get a home water treatment kit. Before you decide to do that, do read up about those kits as many of them could pose possible problems to health in the long run.

Take care and stay healthy!

6 comments:

BK said...

It seems that almost everything leads to something these days. Almost everyday I hear eating this leads to that. I believe that most things, of course I'm not talking about drugs, can be beneficial to most if taken in moderation. In moderation is the key.

eastcoastlife said...

Nothing is safe these days eh.
Singaporeans in the future going to drink treated water from the bathroom. aiyohhh...

DineometerDeb said...

Just when there was a whole campaign starting (in the US anyway) against bottled water because of the plastic bottles that end up in landfills. I'm just gonna drink beer from now on, just to be safe ; )

SheR. said...

>>BK....
You're right about all the scientific studies suggesting that all the stuff that we used to eat are bad for us. Now even drinking water.

Well.. we are drink water in moderation can we? We need our fluids. But we can avoid Type 2 diabetes by watching our diets too.

>>ECL!!!
Yeah.. I guess what we passed out is safer than what we get from the taps? Hahaha:P

>>Dineometer Hello!
Bottled water.. tap water.. everything is bad for us. I guess it's all a part of development.

Yeah.. I think we should stick to Beers! Cheers!!!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

Arsenic is used in assaying of ores in mines, and the tailings are dumped into the water by those who do not know, or are just plain unscrupulous about the impact of what they do.

Bottled water uses a type of plastic container that should not be reused. Some people fill it up again with other fluids and keep it in their refrigerators, or worse, place hot drinks in those same containers. These plastic bottles damage the environment too.

Bottled water left inside vehicles where the humidity and heat has made it hot should not be drank at all, since the chemicals of the plastic have already mixed with the water.

Beers and other drinks use water too. In some states in America, they are recycling sewage water for their taps and for drinking. Yucky!

Water will be the next crisis we can expect. Saving on water and using it properly is how everyone should be oriented.It should not be wasted. Take care Sher...and keep baking doctor! :-) --Durano, done!

SheR. said...

>>Dear Durano my friend...
Yes indeed water is a crisis. In Singapore, we have that crisis for the longest time since we need to buy fresh water from our neighbours.

But when there's a will, there's a way to get around any problem.

Stay positive. And reduce waste. That's what we can do. Our little part to save the world! :)