Most of us by now know what BPA is and how bad it is for us, but a new study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Exeter and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, in association with the University of Cambridge, has linked BPA exposure to future incidences of heart disease. The study followed thousands of test subjects over a 10-year period and demonstrated that there was a correlation between healthy people with higher concentrations of BPA in their urine were more likely to develop heart disease later in life.
Professor David Melzer of the Peninsula Medical School, who led the team, said: “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.”
Professor Tamara Galloway of the University of Exeter, senior author on the paper, said: “If BPA itself is directly responsible for this increase in risk, the size of effect is difficult to estimate. However, it adds to the evidence that BPA may be an additional contributor to heart disease risk alongside the major risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.”
While a direct line between exposure to BPA and future heart disease cannot be seen as of yet, it’s definitely not a good sign that researchers have found a relationship between the two. BPA exposure is already linked to structural damage to the brain, hyperactivity, abnormal sexual behavior, increased fat formation, early puberty, disrupted reproductive cycles, and even prostate cancer. It has proven to be toxic to us and the results of this study just emphasize that even more.
BPA can be found in the polycarbonate plastics used in drink and food packaging, baby and water bottles, the lining of metal food cans, shower curtains and kids’ toys, and in other plastics labeled #3 (PVC) or #7 (mixed).