Possible health risks that BPA pose
More than 90% of us have BPA in our bodies. We get most of it by eating foods that have been in containers made with BPA. It is also possible to pick up through air, dust and water.
BPA is an endocrine disrupting chemical that can behave in a similar way to female sex hormone, estrogen.
Studies in laboratory animals show that BPA has toxic effects and causes widespread damage throughout their bodies.
Here are some areas of concern.
- Disrupts the development of the reproductive system; brings on early puberty, infertility and birth defects
- Affects brain development and promotes social behavioral changes; aggression, anxiety, motor activities and others.
- Leads to the development of hormone-related cancers; breast and prostate cancer
- Triggers heart disease; artery disease, heart attack, hypertension, blood pressure changes
- Obesity and diabetes
There is controversy about whether animal studies are relevant to humans.
However, for fetus and infant, the ability to eliminate the chemicals like BPA is very weak compared to adults. Cells and organs that play an important role in the central nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system are immature and cannot break the substance down. They are subjected to have adverse effects even under a low dose of chemicals.
With these results, taking steps to reduce exposure to BPA seems like a better idea.