Health Risks of BPA Exposure

Health Risks of BPA Exposure
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WorldExecutivesDigest | Health Risks of BPA Exposure | BPA or bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been utilized for the production of certain resins and plastics since the 1950s. It can be found in a wide variety of products we use every day, from water bottles and food containers to food cans and water supply lines. Although BPA has been in use for quite some time now, research has only recently found that this chemical might accidentally contaminate the food and beverages that are contained within plastics made with bisphenol A. Exposure to BPA is thought to be a concern, due to a number of possible adverse effects it could have on our health:

Weight issues

BPA has the ability to act as a hormone inside the body. This chemical can affect insulin resistance and production, thus interfering with the body’s blood sugar control, and it can lead to increased production of fat cells. This can significantly contribute to weight gain, so next time you decide to run on the treadmill, you might want to leave your plastic water bottle at home. Instead, always go for a BPA-free alternative.

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes and heart disease caused by obesity has reached new highs all over the globe. While this is primarily due to processed food and diets high in fats, studies have shown that BPA found in product packaging could be a contributing factor as well. Exposure to BPA has already been proven to increase the risks of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. In fact, research has confirmed that the link between BPA and these diseases exists, but scientists aren’t sure how exactly they interact. 

Brain functions

It’s already clear that BPA exposure should be avoided, especially when it comes to handling everyday items such as receipts. However, the potential effects of this chemical might be even more devastating. Certain studies have found that BPA might prevent the central nervous system from removing chloride and disrupt the way in which the brain regulates genes. High levels of chloride in the brain is a known cause of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and similar cognitive disorders. While BPA might not be the leading cause, it could increase the chances of these conditions developing in the future.


The conditions needed for a healthy fetus to develop are quite fragile. Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and making smarter dietary choices is already recommended during pregnancy, but it seems we should be mindful of the plastics we come into contact with as well. One study found that BPA could have negative effects on fetal development processes, as well as fertility. Since bisphenol A can trick our bodies into believing it is a hormone, this chemical might have the ability to alter the DNA of the fetus, compromise the quality of eggs in women, and even harmfully impact male reproductive functions. This means that BPA could potentially affect future generations, as well as our own.


Even though cancer-causing claims are often spread when potentially dangerous toxins we ingest are mentioned, there might actually be some truth to this assertion when it comes to BPA. As already mentioned, studies have found that bisphenol A could mimic estrogen and other hormones. When it interacts with certain cell receptors, it might lead to the development of ovary, breast, and prostate cancer. Other studies suggest that BPA could also reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy, particularly when it comes to breast cancer patients, which is truly a cause for alarm and serious concern.

Evidently, BPA can negatively affect our bodies in a number of different ways. While these health-diminishing claims are not 100% confirmed, avoiding exposure to bisphenol A and choosing BPA-free alternatives whenever possible is still advised.

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