by Dr. Randy
Alarming rates of diabetes
Why is the incidence of diabetes increasing at such a dramatic rate? During the decade of 2000-2009 the incidence of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes increased by 90 percent compared to the previous 10 years. Surely all of our knowledge about the effects of diet and exercise on lowering diabetes risk must be having some positive effect. Admittedly, the incidence of obesity is also increasing, and obesity is a major risk factor of diabetes. However, the rate of obesity in 2005 was 25 percent and in 1995, 15 percent, hardly close to the 90 percent increase in diabetes. What other factors could be responsible for this dramatic rise in new diabetes cases? What environmental exposure is increasing exponentially? Could our exposure to electromagnetic frequency radiation from cell phone use and WiFi be causing diabetes? We are being bombarded by EMF exposure from cell phone towers, household smart devices, and Bluetooth in cars and homes and on the go. There are some compelling links between this exposure and diabetes. In fact, several studies have investigated the possible association between cell phone radiation (Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation, RF-EMFR) and diabetes risk, and discovered that the association is undeniable.
For example, following the discovery that EMF radiation can cause diabetes in laboratory animals, researchers commonly induce diabetes in rats by exposing them to RF-EMFR in order to study the beneficial treatment effects of various treatments. In one study, rats were exposed to a WiFi signal for 1 hour per day for 21 days to induce a diabetes-like state to study the effect of olive leaf extract on their blood sugar levels. The EMF exposure also significantly decreased the body’s natural antioxidant production (1).
In a study of adolescent school children, researchers evaluated the effect of cell phone RF exposure on blood sugar. One school was exposed to high levels of RF-EMFR from a cell phone tower and students there were compared to students at another school exposed to much lower levels of RF-EMFR. The students exposed to the higher levels had increased levels of Hemoglobin A1C, a marker of diabetes risk, and a higher incidence of diabetes compared to students at the school with lower levels of exposure (2).
Other studies have also shown a similar association. One study revealed a higher incidence of diabetes in people living within close proximity of a RF shortwave transmitter in Switzerland compared to residents who lived further away (3). Another study discovered that exposure to electromagnetic pollution raised glucose levels. These researchers concluded that electromagnetic fields may decrease insulin secretion and reduce the binding capacity of insulin to its receptors (4).
What to do
Regardless of the mechanisms involved, it is clear that EMF radiation of the type emitted by cell phones and WiFi has a harmful effect on the body. Many studies have shown a damaging effect on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, and male reproductive system, as well as a clear association with brain tumors (5). Reduction of exposure to these forms of radiation seems prudent and there are many measures that individuals can take to limit exposure. See my previous article on practical ways to reduce exposure here:
Here is an excellent website that describes many ways to reduce EMF dangers:
- Association of Exposure to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation (RF-EMFR) Generated by Mobile Phone Base Stations with Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Sultan Ayoub Meo, Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Nov; 12(11): 14519–14528.
- Effects of olive leave extract on metabolic disorders and oxidative stress induced by 2.45 GHz WIFI signals. Salah MB, Abdelmelek H, Abderraba M. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2013 Nov;36(3):826-34. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2013.07.013. Epub 2013 Aug 3.
- Altpeter E.S., Krebs T. Study on Health Effects of the Shortwave Transmitter Station of Schwarzenburg, Berne, Switzerland. Federal Office of Energy, BEW Publication Series Study; Berne, Switzerland: 1995. p. 156. No. 55.
- Dirty electricity elevates blood sugar among electrically sensitive diabetics and may explain brittle diabetes. Havas M Electromagn Biol Med. 2008; 27(2):135-46.
- Mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen (2A) (review). Morgan LL, Miller AB, Sasco A, Davis DL, Int J Oncol. 2015 May; 46(5):1865-71.