Link Between Chemical in Plastics and Metabolic Syndrome Found



Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have shown a link between bisphenol A (BPA), the principle chemical used to make hard plastics, and the occurrence of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is really a combination of factors that leads to increased risks of higher blood levels of sugar and lipids and lowers the body’s response to insulin. This can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, and strokes if left untreated. The American Heart Association believes a quarter of the U.S. population has metabolic syndrome. But scientists have estimated that over eight in ten people tested have significant levels of BPA in their bloodstream.

Dr. Nira Ben-Jonathan, lead researcher on this link at UC, states, “People have serious concerns about the potential health effects of BPA. As the scientific evidence continues to mount against the chemical, it should be given serious attention to minimize future harm.”

The concern over BPA and its link to future problems should be noted by new mothers because the chemical can be found in things like baby bottles and sippy cups. In April, 2008, Canada began banning the import, sale, and advertising of baby bottles that contain BPA. It has also been known to leach out of the plastic lining in canned foods.

If you believe that you or your loved one’s medical problems may be linked to this chemical, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.