Saturday, October 18, 2008

Plastics Chemical Linked to Disease in Adults

"Bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical found in plastics, has been linked to
some of the most deadly and rapidly increasing medical conditions in
American adults.

A research team from the University of Iowa, the Peninsula Medical
School, the University of Exeter, and the University of Plymouth found
evidence that links BPA to heart disease and diabetes in adults. BPA, which
is used in polycarbonate plastic products such as refillable water bottles,
some plastic eating utensils, compact disks and many other everyday
products, is one of the world's most widely-used chemicals.

Earlier studies in mice and rats shown that exposure to BPA could lead
to diabetes, liver damage, obesity, and insulin resistance. Earlier this
year, experts raised the concern that BPA could leach into plastic baby
bottles and cause developmental and reproduction problems.

The current research, which examined a representative group of 1455
adults between the ages of 18 and 74, found that the 25 percent with the
highest concentration of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely
to have heart disease and diabetes as the 25 percent with the lowest BPA

"Our study has revealed, for the first time, an association between
raised BPA loads and two common diseases in adults," said Professor David
Melzer, professor of Epidemiology and Public health at the Peninsula Medical
School who lead the team. At the moment, we can't be absolutely sure that
BPA is the direct cause of the extra cases of heart disease and diabetes. If
it is, some cases of these serous conditions could be prevented by reducing
BPA exposure."

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