Recent studies add growing evidence to the potential dangers of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). The estrogen-like chemical may be linked to diabetes in adults and to heart and kidney disease in children. Still, the risks are far from clear.
In some of the most recent work, researchers found a link between BPA and low-grade urinary albumin excretion in children and adolescents (Trasande L, et al. Kidney Int 2013 Jan 9. doi: 10.1038/ki.2012.422). The findings suggest that youngsters who are exposed to BPA, which was once used widely in plastic bottles and is still found in aluminum cans and register receipts, may have an increased risk for the development of heart and kidney disease.
BPA may negatively affect health in a variety of other ways, according to published and ongoing studies. Animal research has linked BPA with early sexual maturation, altered behavior, hyperactivity, and effects on prostate and mammary glands. In humans, the chemical has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and male sexual dysfunction (Schecter A, et al. Environ Sci Technol 2010; 44:9425–9430. doi: 10.1021/es102785d).