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Bisphenol A and Your Health

Number seven recycling symbolA recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on September 17, 2008 found statistically significant associations between urinary concentrations of bisphenol A and men and women with cardiovascular diseases (including coronary heart disease, heart attack and angina) and diabetes.   This study was conducted using survey data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2003-2004.  This survey administered by the National Center for Health Statistics is conducted to determine the health and diet of the non-institutionalized U.S. population. The results of this study are helpful in expanding our understanding of bisphenol A and its potential health impacts.  It is important new information for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review.  However, this cross-sectional study of survey data is not capable of establishing bisphenol A as the cause of these health outcomes.  While this is not a definitive study, we agree that it is appropriate for people to take steps to reduce their exposure to bisphenol A.

Citizens who want to reduce their exposure to bisphenol A can do these things:

  • Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high temperatures.
  • Avoid using polycarbonate plastic food containers with the number “7” on the bottom.
  • Don’t wash polycarbonate plastic containers in the dishwasher with harsh detergents.
  • Reduce your use of canned foods.  Eat fresh or frozen foods.
  • When possible, use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  • Use baby bottles and toys that are labeled BPA-free.

Last Updated: 04-22-2014

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