Trouble Losing Weight? Blame This Suspect Chemical | Rodale News

More worrying research on the potential effects of BPA –

Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used in the linings of canned food, on cash register receipts, and in some plastic bottles, is among the top suspects when it comes to obesity-promoting chemicals. And a new Chinese study appearing in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism offers even more evidence to BPA’s belt-busting properties.

In the study, researchers collected body mass index data and compared the levels of BPA in the urine of nearly 3,500 adults aged 40 or older. They found that the adults with the highest levels of BPA were 50 percent more likely to be fatter, with BMIs in either the obese or more overweight spectrum. Adults with higher BPA levels in the body were also 28 percent more likely to have dangerous abdominal fat, and nearly 40 percent more likely to suffer from insulin resistance, a risk factor diabetes.

“This human study, together with the previous studies that show relationships between BPA exposures and obesity or other metabolic endpoints, are concerning because they suggest that there are no ‘safe’ populations—even adults may be affected by low level exposures to this chemical,” explains BPA expert Laura N. Vandenberg, PhD

postdoctoral fellow of regenerative and developmental biology at Tufts University.

Even thinner people in the study seemed to suffer health problems associated with higher levels of BPA in the body. People of normal weight with the highest levels were nearly twice as likely to suffer from insulin resistance compared to people with the lowest BPA levels.

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