What are the risks of bisphenol A (BPA)?

Jennifer Landa, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The risks of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure impact men, women and kids in different ways. In this video, hormone specialist Jen Landa, MD, discusses the various ways BPA exposure can affect our health, including higher rates of ADHD and infertility.
Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do you really want a chemical used in plastics imitating the sex hormone estrogen in your body? No! Unfortunately, bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic hormone, can trick the body into thinking it’s the real thing -- and the results aren’t pretty. BPA has been linked to everything from breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease. According to government tests, 93% of Americans have BPA in their bodies!
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The long-term health risks of BPA exposure have been documented by hundreds of studies. The research shows a wide range of health effects. BPA disrupts hormones, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals, and has been linked with cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity in humans.
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The use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics has steadily increased over the past few decades, making it one of the most commonly produced chemicals in the world. As a result of its widespread use, traces of the chemical are found everywhere from breast milk to groundwater. BPA is suspected of disrupting hormones. Preliminary animal testing points to a range of potential health threats, from interference with the male reproductive system to problems with brain development. A report from Yale University indicates BPA interferes with brain development in infant monkeys. And a study at Harvard University found that prenatal exposure to BPA decreases intelligence in children.

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