Chemical and Health Risks
While 9 out of 10 Americans have
Bisphenol A in their bodies, the Food and Drug Administration claims the levels
of exposure to chemicals are insignificant to endanger their health, even for
babies and children.
Commonly known as BPA, bisphenol-A is a hormone-disrupting chemical used
in a wide variety of consumer goods such as food and beverage packaging
applications, plastic hard to do. But it has also been found in house dust,
drinking water or dental sealants. It is so common that it is almost
impossible to avoid.
According to the results of a health survey, based on 1500 data on
Americans, individuals exposed to greater amounts of Bisphenol A no less
than 40% higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver damage.
This category was also more likely to be indigent and overweight, the
However, further studies should be conducted to determine if BPA is
actually associated with health problems or is it just a coincidence. The
FDA agrees with the idea of doing additional research. "We recognize the
need to resolve issues that have arisen," said Laura Tarantino, director
of the FDA Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and
Despite the fact that previous studies with rats and mice found a link
between the chemical and diabetes, and liver abnormalities, several
limitations must be taken into consideration. "Concentrations urinary say
the exposure of the last 24 hours, but heart disease and diabetes do not
occur overnight," said Steven G. Hentges, executive director of the
Polycarbonate / BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council. "Bisphenol
A should be measured over the period of time when heart disease or
diabetes is actually occurring, so that a major limitation of the study,"