New study shows BPA exposure is widespread

Human exposure to BPA has been linked to "cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and reproductive issues", according to this MNN article.

The FDA has not yet completely banned the use of BPA in consumer products like plastic bottles, baby bottles, metallic food and beverage cans, medical equipment, and dental sealants, though they have expressed some concern over the potential effects of BPA on infants and young children.

Vandenberg's biggest worry: Pregnant women being exposed to BPA. She states that children and developing fetuses are very vulnerable to potential adverse health effects from exposure to BPA.

"If I could get our message to a sub-population it would be pregnant women,” she said. “I’m not worried about the moms. I’m worried about their fetuses. A lot of attention has been given to baby bottles and removing BPA from them. This might lead people to think that the problem is solved. But fetuses are not exposed to BPA from baby bottles. They are exposed to BPA from their moms."

Read more on the MNN article here.

A new study on bisphenol A (BPA) is showing a global snapshot of exposure to it and its possible harmful effects on humans, even in developing countries.

Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D., of Tufts University’s Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, has released a global study on exposure to BPA. The report, published this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, is comprised of 80 separate studies. Vandenberg stated, "What we found is that even in developing countries a majority of people sampled have BPA in their bodies. And we’re talking about the form associated with harmful effects (in humans)."

Vandenberg also recommended that a "precautionary principle be followed until further data on exposure of fetuses and children to BPA become available: the health of the public is at stake."

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