Data on 104 diabetes patients showed those with nephropathy had greater levels of persistent organic pollutants than those without the condition. Researchers also found patients with microalbuminuria, macroalbuminuria and end-stage renal disease had higher levels of AhR transactivating activity compared with the normoalbuminuria group. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation suggest that curbing POP exposure may help reduce the risk of nephropathy in diabetes patients, researchers said.

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