Whacky Hormones, Weight Gain? It Could Be BPA

plasticNot only are plastic water bottles and cash register receipts enemies of many environmentalists, but they also put your hormones at huge risk.  Studies show that Bisphenol-a or BPA is a huge endocrine disruptor, and contributes to hormone imbalance problems such as excess estrogen.  Excessive estrogen is a contributing factor of fibroids, endometriosis and a slew of other unfavorable conditions.

In fact, a study published in Endocrinology, says that women exposed to BPA during pregnancy are at a huge risk of developing diabetes.  It doesn’t have to a huge amount of BPA. Exposure to even a small amount of the chemical will do.  Scientists divided pregnant mice into three groups. One group of mice was fed a small amount of BPA; the second group was fed ten times the amount of BPA while the control group was fed BPA-free diet.  A few months post pregnancy, both groups of BPA-exposed mice showed signs of glucose intolerance.

Weight Gain

That’s not all.  The Endocrinology study also showed that both groups of mice exposed to BPA during pregnancy gained 3 percent more body weight than the mice in the control group.   Could this be one of the reasons women have such a hard time losing post-baby weight?  Here’s another thing to consider.  Because of the hormone-disrupting effects, Bisphenol-A contributes to girls’ experiencing early onset of puberty.

We’re All Exposed!

Bisphenol-A exposure mightn’t be as deadly as a pandemic, but it is still very serious business.  Remember the diabetes  and weight gain risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 96 percent of Americans have some level of BPA in their bodies.   It’s true that this chemical is just about everywhere.  Not to fear.  Here’re a few things you can do to lessen exposure.

  • Look for BPA-free labels on cans and plastic goods.
  • Instead of plastic bottles, use stainless steel water bottles. Besides reducing exposure to BPA, stainless steel water bottles help save the planet by reducing the amount of plastic in landfills.
  • Use glass instead of plastic containers to store food.
    If possible, do not keep cash register receipts.

Lowering exposure to BPA can be tough.  After all, it’s in just about anything you can think of.  But it’s important to remember that even taking small steps to improve your health can make a world of good.

 

Resources:
INTRODUCTION TO ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS (EDCs) A GUIDE FOR PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS AND POLICY-MAKERS

Bisphenol-A Treatment During Pregnancy in Mice: A New Window of Susceptibility for the     Development of Diabetes in Mothers Later in Life: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25830705

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