Long-term High Air Pollution Exposure Induced Metabolic Adaptations in Traffic Policemen

Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2018 Mar;58:156-162. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2018.01.002. Epub 2018 Jan 5.


Objective: To assess the adverse physiological changes induced by long-term exposure to PM2.5.

Methods: Totally 183 traffic policemen and 88 office policemen as the control group, were enrolled in this study. The concentrations of PM2.5 in both the working places of traffic and office policemen were obtained. Detailed personal questionnaires and conventional laboratory tests including hematology, fasting blood glucose, blood lipids, liver, kidney, immunity and tumor-related markers were conducted on all participants of this study.

Results: A dose-response relationship between the FBG, HDL-c and CEA values and the PM2.5 exposure duration was observed. Multivariate analysis confirmed that one hour on duty outdoor per day for one year was associated with an increase in FBG of 0.005% (95% CI: 0.0004% to 0.009%), CEA of 0.012% (95% CI: 0.006% to 0.017%), and a decrease in HDL-C of 0.001% (95% CI: 0.00034% to 0.002%).

Conclusion: Long-term high air pollution exposure may lead to metabolism adaptation and it is likely involved in the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

Keywords: Air pollution exposure; Conventional laboratory tests; Metabolic adaption; PM2.5; Traffic policeman.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / analysis
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / toxicity*
  • Air Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollution / analysis
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen / blood
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • China / epidemiology
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood
  • Cities / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Exposure / analysis
  • Particulate Matter / analysis
  • Particulate Matter / toxicity*
  • Police*


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Blood Glucose
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Particulate Matter