March 3, 2012
Although BPA’s ubiquitous use in today’s world makes it difficult to pinpoint it for causing many health and environmental complications, research gives reason to believe it is indeed a cause of health many complications.
Just recently, research has potentially tied the chemical, often used in plastics and food can linings, to an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers also found that individuals who have heart disease were more likely to have higher urinary concentrations of BPA, which has been shown to spike by 1,200 percent after ingesting soup from canned goods.
The study, published in the journal Circulation, used data from the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) to determine the relationship between BPA and heart disease. EPIC is a long-term study which monitors thousands of people’s health, providing researchers with data on BPA concentration levels from individuals that can be followed for years.
For the recent study appearing in Circulation, researchers tracked 758 healthy EPIC subjects who developed cardiovascular disease later in life. While it can’t be fully clarified that BPA is responsible, the researchers noticed a direct link between BPA concentration and heart disease, with the subjects ending up with heart disease being more likely to have higher BPA levels at the start of the 10-year follow up period.
The lead author of the study states:
This study strengthens the statistical link between BPA and heart disease, but we can’t be certain that BPA itself is responsible. It is now important that government agencies organise drug style safety trials of BPA in humans, as much basic information about how BPA behaves in the human body is still unknown.
Needless to say, this isn’t the first time BPA has been tied to a health condition. One study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of the estrogen-mimicking health destroyer bisphenol A can lead to female offspring becoming depressed, hyperactive, and anxious — all at the early age of 3. Other research has even linked BPA to diabetes.
Of course there are many other health horrors linked to BPA, which is why you need to know how much of the chemical you’re exposing yourself to. Luckily, there are natural substances that have actually been found to reverse this damage on a number of levels.
Knowing what to avoid and how to reverse the damage from BPA is key to protecting your health from damage induced by the chemical.