Bisphenol A Linked to Increased Rate of Heart Disease

January 18, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Bisphenol A Linked to Increased Rate of Heart Disease
While the FDA drags its feet on Bisphenol A (BPA) regulation so as to stave off a flood of lawsuits against the plastics industry, British researchers have documented that United States citizens have a 33% higher risk for coronary artery disease1 if they have higher levels of Bisphenol A.

Why does it take a foreign University to do the work of the FDA? The British research team found that a quarter of the population with the highest levels of BPA were more than twice as likely to report having heart disease or diabetes, compared to the quarter with the lowest BPA levels. They also found that higher BPA levels were associated with clinically abnormal liver enzyme concentrations.

6.4 billion pounds of BPA are produced every year, making it a rather large problem. Plastic containing BPA polymers carries the recycling symbol #7, which can also indicate other kinds of mixed plastics. The plastic may be called polycarbonate, lexan or polysulfone and is generally a clear, hard plastic, though it may be tinted different colors. Clear plastic baby bottles and children's training cups are likely to be made of polycarbonate. Don’t wait around for the FDA to protect you.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Bisphenol A and Heart Disease  PLoS ONE  1.David Melzer, Neil E. Rice, Ceri Lewis, William E. Henley, Tamara S. Galloway

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