BPA linked to heart disease, diabetes - study

16 September 2008 16:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--High levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the human body have been linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver enzyme abnormalities, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said on Tuesday.

“Using data representative of the adult US population, we found that higher urinary concentrations of BPA were associated with an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities," said the study.

"These findings add to the evidence suggesting adverse effects of low-dose BPA in animals,” it added.

It added that higher BPA exposure may be associated with avoidable morbidity in adults.

BPA is used to make polycarbonate (PC) plastics, including baby bottles, lenses, helmets, goggles, utensils, toys, CDs and DVDs. It is also used as a coating in food containers and dental fillings.

Previous research has suggested that the chemical, which can be consumed when it leaches out of plastic into liquid, may be harmful to people’s health.

The US Food and Drug Administration and the EU have both said BPA is safe to use, although Canadian health authorities have announced plans to ban some products containing the chemical and consumers are said to be shunning end-user items that contain BPA.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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