Economy Air pollution caused 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016, says study Updated : June 30, 2018 06:41 PM IST Pollution is thought to reduce the body's insulin production. The study estimated that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016. The scientists found the risk of developing diabetes "exhibited a strong link to air pollution". Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.