New Research Links Bisphenol-a to Metabolic Syndrome

By Kristie Turck •  Published 09/08/08 •  2 min read

New research was released last week by the University of Cincinnati indicating Bisphenol-a is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

In a laboratory study, using fresh human fat tissues, the UC team found that BPA suppresses a key hormone, adiponectin, which is responsible for regulating insulin sensitivity in the body and puts people at a substantially higher risk for metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of risk factors that include lower responsiveness to insulin and higher blood levels of sugar and lipids. According to the American Heart Association, about 25 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome.  Left untreated, the disorder can lead to life-threatening health problems such as coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

This is my favorite part:

They found that exposing human tissues to BPA levels within the range of common human exposure resulted in suppression of a hormone that protects people from metabolic syndrome.

Read the full news release here.  They tell us a bit about how they did the tests and acquired the human tissue (tested several different subjects).  The mounting evidence coming from independant researchers not funded by plastic advocacy groups is piling up and soon the FDA is going to have no choice but to listen to them. I hope sooner rather than later.