New research in PLOS Medicine unveiled that close proximity to fast food restaurants may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2DM).
The research included the health data of over 12,000 people from the South Asia Biobank.
“We examined the associations of food environments on T2DM among adults and its heterogeneity by income and sex,” the study states.
“One of the study’s key limitations is that we measured exposure to food environments around residency geolocation; however, participants may source their meals elsewhere.”
The study’s findings: “Our results suggest that the exposure to fast-food outlets may have a detrimental impact on the risk of T2DM, especially among females and higher-income earners. Policies should target changes in the food environments to promote better diets and prevent T2DM.”