Unsurprisingly, Warmists are now linking the two
Scientists have long warned that rising global temperatures may impact public health in a devastating way because climate change is associated with deadly weather events, the spread of infectious diseases and even food shortages.
Now, researchers are looking at whether climate change might be linked to another public health concern: Type 2 diabetes.
Between 1996 and 2009, as outdoor temperatures rose across the United States, so did the prevalence of diabetes, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care on Monday.
“We were surprised though by the magnitude of the effect size,” said Lisanne Blauw, a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands and lead author of the study.
“We calculated that a 1-degree Celsius rise in environmental temperature could account for more than 100,000 new diabetes cases per year in the USA alone,” she said. “Future research into the effects of global warming on our health status is therefore of great importance.”
Of course, since 1996, there has barely been any temperature rise. Perhaps two tenths of a degree Celcius, most of which was associated with naturally occurring El Nino’s, especially the 1998 edition. But, again and as usual, this is about scaring people, and, of course, wanting more funding.
Kudos to CNN writer Jacqueline Howard, who attempts to provide some balance
However, this observational study simply reveals an association between climate and diabetes, not a causation. Among the factors known to cause Type 2 diabetes are being overweight or obese and having a family history of the disease.
“I think calorie consumption and weight are probably the biggest by a country mile,” said Dr. Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist who has researched Type 2 diabetes at the Mayo Clinic. He was not involved in the new study.
“I think the general message always should be that association studies do not actually imply causation,” he said of linking climate change and diabetes.
Rarely do Cult of Climastrology fables include any rebuttal, and certainly not ever a notion that association is not causation. However, there’s a saying for Internet articles, namely that people tend to read for 30 seconds or the first 3 paragraphs. Hence, many will have come away with the notion that Hotcoldwetdry causes diabetes.