A new study finds certain environmental factors, particularly the presence of a pesticide derivative or the chemical PCB, were strongly associated with the development of diabetes. Other factors, such as the nutrient beta-carotene, served a protective role in preventing the disease.

The study applied advanced analytics technology to data from publicly accessible databases, including the Centers for Disease Control's National Health and Nutrition system, and the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrient Database, among others.

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