Plastic water bottles, food containers, baby bottles and water containers contain bisphenol A, a chemical that suppresses a hormone that protects humans from heart attacks and diabetes 2.
Hundreds of studies have shown bisphenol A’s toxicity in developing tissue and tissue function. Reproductive problems, certain cancers and asthma have been shown to cause problems in lab animals.
Bisphenol A leeches from food and beverage containers and has been found in 93% of the urine samples in test patients. In the body it mimics estrogen and prevents natural estrogens from attaching to the estrogen site. When this happens in mice they become obese and insulin resistant.
Testing of fat tissue from bisphenol A affected humans reports suppression of the protective hormone adiponectin. Adiponectin protects against heart attacks and type 2 diabetes. Similar studies in mice indicate effects on the beta cells that create insulin resistance. This may well be a reason for children and adolescents’ obesity and early diabetes.
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