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Exposure to Plastics Chemical BPA May Raise Diabetes Risk

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A common plastic chemical might increase a person’s risk of diabetes, a new study warns. People fed small doses of Bisphonol A (BPA) developed significantly worse insulin sensitivity within a four-day period, researchers found.

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Carried out by researchers from the California Polytechnic State University, this study observed that healthy young adults who consumed BPA at the level of 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight – an intake previously presumed to be safe – experienced a significant decrease in insulin sensitivity within just four days, despite no notable changes in body weight or blood sugar levels. This suggests that even low doses of BPA, a chemical that is prevalent in products such as baby bottles, food containers, and tableware, may necessitate a reassessment of what is considered a safe exposure level.

Presented at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting, the findings have sparked discussions about the potential need to revise public health recommendations and policies regarding BPA. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that BPA is safe for current uses in food containers and packaging, the study’s results indicate that reducing exposure to the chemical could lower the risk of diabetes.

To learn how the primary cause of type-2 diabetes is a chronic deficiency of certain micronutrients, see chapter 7 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

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