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Possible link found between diabetes and common white pigment
June 20, 2018 | University of Texas at Austin

Posted on 06/24/2018 6:13:40 AM PDT by ConservativeMind

The team examined 11 pancreas specimens, eight of which were from donors who had Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and three from donors who did not. Whereas the three non-diabetic pancreatic tissue specimens contained no detectable TiO2 crystals, the crystals were detected in all of the eight T2D pancreatic tissue specimens. The UT Austin researchers found more than 200 million TiO2 crystallites per gram of TiO2 particles in the specimens from T2D donors but not in the three specimens from non-diabetic donors. They published their findings last month in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.

In the mid-20th century, titanium dioxide pigment replaced highly toxic lead-based pigments. It became the most commonly used white pigment in paints and in foods, medications, toothpaste, cosmetics, plastics and paper. As a result, annual production of titanium dioxide has increased by 4 million tons since the 1960s.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes has quadrupled during the past four decades, affecting approximately 425 million people, with T2D comprising the majority of recorded cases. Although obesity and an aging population are still considered major factors leading to a rise in T2D cases worldwide, Heller's study suggests that increased use of titanium dioxide may also be linked to the rapid rise in the number of people suffering from the disease.

"The increased use of titanium dioxide over the last five decades could be a factor in the Type 2 diabetes epidemic," Heller said. "The dominant T2D-associated pancreatic particles consist of TiO2 crystals, which are used as a colorant in foods, medications and indoor wall paint, and they are transported to the pancreas in the bloodstream.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: diabetes
Keep in mind the normal “correlation does not equal causation” stuff, but this is a completely optional coloring agent.
1 posted on 06/24/2018 6:13:40 AM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: ConservativeMind

I hope there’s science behind this claim, like cytotoxic properties of TIO2.


2 posted on 06/24/2018 6:18:04 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: ConservativeMind

>>”The increased use of titanium dioxide over the last five decades could be a factor in the Type 2 diabetes epidemic,”

Could be...but as a person with Type 2 diabetes, I know that it is almost entirely lifestyle and food choices: work, stress, eating on the run, comfort foods to make the whole day as a cog in the Great Machine seem like it was worth it, etc.


3 posted on 06/24/2018 6:20:12 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Asking a pro athlete for political advice is like asking a cavalry horse for tactical advice.)
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To: ConservativeMind

Sample size of 11. Hilarious.


4 posted on 06/24/2018 6:22:44 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: NativeSon

>>It became the most commonly used white pigment in paints and in foods, medications, toothpaste, cosmetics, plastics and paper. As a result, annual production of titanium dioxide has increased by 4 million tons since the 1960s.

Like most dishonest studies, the use of the and...and statement to bump up the numbers is misleading. Most of that titanium dioxide increase is in the ultra-white paper that we demand now. First we had the 92 Brightness, then the 94, then the 96. If you burn old paper, you get ash. If you burn a piece of high brightness paper, you get clay.


5 posted on 06/24/2018 6:24:08 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Asking a pro athlete for political advice is like asking a cavalry horse for tactical advice.)
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To: ConservativeMind
I think the rapid rise is from testing of more people and manipulation of the base numbers.

Diet is such a factor...perhaps the old meat and potato meals are more in keeping with what we SHOULD be eating.

At the same time, it appears to be hereditary.

6 posted on 06/24/2018 6:25:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ConservativeMind

This might be worth a real study, but the sample base was far too narrow to mean much. The age of the person providing the samples could be a major factor in why some have the crystals and some do not.

The simplest implication of their results is not that titanium oxide is causing diabetes, but that it is a common additive in high-sugar industrial food products.


7 posted on 06/24/2018 6:30:51 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: ConservativeMind
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles: some aspects of toxicity/focus on the development.

The immunomodulatory effects of titanium dioxide and silver nanoparticles.

Interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with glucose on young rats after oral administration.

8 posted on 06/24/2018 6:31:45 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: ConservativeMind

Don’t snort the white paint!

Or, more seriously, if ceiling paint is found to be somewhat hazardous, we are all in trouble.


9 posted on 06/24/2018 6:40:48 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine ("Married with children.")
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To: ConservativeMind

The question not being asked here is why are heavy metal compounds going in our food? That doesn’t seem healthy.


10 posted on 06/24/2018 6:41:22 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Keepin' it analog.)
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To: Bryanw92

Did they put it in Wonder-Bread?


11 posted on 06/24/2018 8:14:39 AM PDT by ComradeBork (Consistency is the hobgoblin...)
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To: ConservativeMind

Where is the link you copied the text from. I like sources, please.


12 posted on 06/24/2018 8:34:48 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: corkoman

Exactly. Sample size means this paper is sketchy at best. From 3 specimens they draw a conclusion?

At best this seems like an indication of where science could look. But science has not been done yet. No doubt the underlying paper is a suggestion of the need for more research funds. I have no problem with that, as long as everyone sees it for what it is.


13 posted on 06/24/2018 9:03:42 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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To: ConservativeMind; Wuli

I apologize for not getting the source link in my thread posting:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620125907.htm


14 posted on 06/24/2018 9:15:18 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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Could you please put the URL and the source of “ScienceDaily” into the thread header?


15 posted on 06/24/2018 9:17:06 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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Could you please put the URL and the source of “ScienceDaily” into the thread header?


16 posted on 06/24/2018 9:17:43 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620125907.htm


17 posted on 06/24/2018 9:18:27 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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Interesting, I did not know that but it makes sense; thank you for my next Daddy-Daughter science experiment.

Oh for days when science was science and scientific papers sacrosanct.

18 posted on 06/24/2018 10:52:41 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: ConservativeMind

You post a ton of diabetes articles. Do you suffer from it?


19 posted on 06/24/2018 1:11:50 PM PDT by sparklite2 (See more at Sparklite Times)
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To: sparklite2

No, but many do here on Free Republic and many others could follow them without changes.


20 posted on 06/24/2018 2:19:12 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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