BPA Exposure Risks: New Study Links Bisphenol A to Anxiety and More

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Might want to avoid touching those grocery receipts – they contain BPA. Photo by: Jnestorius

Decoded Science also asked Dr. Champagne how the findings of this research effects humans, since the experiments were done on mice. and she said,

“This is a good question and not one that can generate a conclusive answer. However, it seems unlikely that the effects we see in mice would not translate into comparable effects in humans. To address this question, research with my colleagues at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health is aimed at assessing these effects in humans and there is published data on in utero effects of BPA on child development.”

During research conducted at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, doctors collected urine specimens from women and children in New York to check for Bisphenol-A exposure. When the urine specimens were tested, the researchers detected BPA in more than 90 percent of the samples from the mothers and more than 95 percent in the children’s samples.

Bisphenol A: Prenatal Environmental Exposure

According to Dr. Champagne, more study is needed on the effects of prenatal exposure to chemicals. She said,

“BPA is one of many compounds to which we are exposed that could have potential health implications – exploring epigenetic mechanisms through which these compounds have their effects may be a first step in furthering our understanding of the lasting impact of prenatal environmental exposures.”

BPA Risks and Health Problems

BPA had been known to cause a wide variety of health problems, from attention-deficient hyperactive disorder, behavior problems in toddlers, anxiety, depression, early puberty in girls, diabetes and obesity, to even heart disease. BPA can easily enter our bodies through food or drinks that we store in plastic containers that contain BPA and via canned goods. Until manufacturers stop using BPA on their own, or the government bans its use, BPA will continue to be everywhere. Shop wisely, and when you’ve made your plastic-free purchase, pay with cash and don’t touch the receipt – even cash register receipts expose you to Bisphenol A.

Resources:

Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health.  Bisphenol A. Accessed May 28, 2013.

Champagne, F., Perera, F., Miller, R., et al. Sex-specific epigenetic disruption and behavioral changes following low-dose in utero bisphenol A exposure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. May 28, 2013. Accessed May 28, 2013.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Bisphenol A. Last reviewed November 5, 2012. Accessed May 28, 2013.

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