The first major study of bisphenol A’s effects on humans was published in September 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The cross-sectional study of almost 1,500 people assessed exposure to bisphenol A by looking at levels of the chemical in urine. The authors found that high bisphenol A levels were significantly associated with heart disease, diabetes, and abnormally high levels of certain liver enzymes.
Animal studies have also suggested that BPA can permanently change the structure of the genital tracts during development, predispose breast cells to cancer, enlarge the prostate, decrease testosterone levels, and change the brain structure.
BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical that is most commonly found in plastics. It can be found in the lining of food containers, plastic bottles, compact discs, and in some dental sealants. Tests have shown that low doses of BPA can negatively affect the brain, reproductive system, liver function, and metabolic process. It could also cause cancer, heart disease, or obesity. BPA is a substance that can accumulate over time in the human body, which could result in many adverse heath impacts.
BPA, or Bisphenol A, is most commonly found in plastics and plastic additives. The safety of plastics containing BPA has been in question since the 1930’s but in 2008 governmental reports brought much light to this issue. The main concern is that BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can interfere with an individual’s hormones. There are a variety of health issues linked to BPA, including breast cancer, neurological issues, obesity, prostate cancer and reproductive harm. To limit exposure to the health issues related to BPA, consumer groups recommend avoiding the use of polycarbonate plastic containers and lined canned goods.
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