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Plastic and Diabetes

Bisphenol A [BPA], a substance found in plastic bottles and the lining of aluminum cans, is widespread and has been related to diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions. Studies by the National Center for Environmental Health found bisphenol A in the urine of ninety-three percent of the participants tested.
Bisphenol A mimics oestrogen within the body and may also increase insulin levels.

A recent episode of Today Tonight reported on the dangers of BPA in baby bottles, but the danger is far more widely distributed. BPA is used in food and drink packaging industry but also to line metal cans, bottle tops and in water supply pipes.  Yes, the tap water you consume passes through BPA pipes!  BPA is also used in some dental treatments.

Read more about the effects on our health and research linking BPA to breast cancer.

Even though the FDA released a document saying the chemical is safe at current exposure levels, Angel Nadal, of the Spanish Biomedical Research Network in Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Disorders in Spain states “I do not understand why the governments of the United States and Europe put money into studying pollutants like bisphenol A and then later don’t listen to what the scientists have found. They are using a last-century approach to toxicology.” Ehrenberg, R. Popular plastics chemical posses another threat: this time diabetes. Sci.News. 174,6. 2008.