New research links BPA to human diseases

British researchers for the first time have linked BPA exposure to heart disease and diabetes. Humans are exposed to BPA in baby bottles, polycarbonate water bottles, from the linings of canned food and soda cans, some medical equipment, and plastic utensils.

Excerpt:
But British researchers, who published their findings on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed urine and blood samples from 1,455 U.S. adults aged 18 to 74 who were representative of the general population.

Using government health data, they found that the 25 percent of people with the highest levels of bisphenol A in their bodies were more than twice as likely to have heart disease and, or diabetes compared to the 25 percent of with the lowest levels.

“Most of these findings are in keeping with what has been found in animal models,” Iain Lang, a researcher at the University of Exeter in Britain who worked on the study, told a news conference.
So, while they are claiming the results are inconclusive, they do say it shows more studies need to be done.

The FDA will meet again today to review a draft report they released last month declaring BPA was safe for humans. But weeks later, here they are reviewing more research. The thing that appears to be different, at least on the surface, is apparently they will review additional research such as this, not solely the industry research they have based their stance on in the past.

Excerpt:
“The study, while preliminary with regard to these diseases in humans, should spur U.S. regulatory agencies to follow recent action taken by Canadian regulatory agencies, which have declared BPA a ‘toxic chemical’ requiring aggressive action to limit human and environmental exposures,” Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri and John Peterson Myers of the nonprofit U.S.-based Environmental Health Sciences, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

The article said obviously more studies need to be done to determine if BPA is a direct cause of these diseases. I guess the animal studies are not proof enough that BPA does cause harm, but if more human studies need to be done, then let’s do them!

Excerpt:
“Bisphenol A is one of the world’s most widely produced and used chemicals, and one of the problems until now is we don’t know what has been happening in the general population,” said Tamara Galloway, a University of Exeter researcher who worked on the study.

Read the entire article here.

I am not holding my breath, but maybe this, along with the multitude of other independent studies, will convince the FDA that the human population, especially infants and children, do not need to be exposed to this crap.

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