Concerns mount over BPA

September 18, 2008

Results of a new study have reignited concerns about exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in many food and beverage containers and plastic products.

The study linked the chemical to an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. Researchers found that exposure to BPA was associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities in adults. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, mark the first time higher levels of BPA in the body have been tied to an increased incidence of disease.

Nevertheless, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintained its position that BPA is safe at a hearing this week.

The authors of the article did caution that further research is needed to confirm their findings. If anything, they say the results prove that the effects of BPA in humans need to be examined more closely.

JAMA Abstract
Chicago Tribune article
Centers for Disease Control (pdf download)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences BPA Q&A