BPA and Weight Gain

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A new study in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in older adults are associated with increased weight and waist size, both indicators of obesity that can lead to serious illness and disease.

Researchers in China have found that adults over the age of 40 with higher levels of BPA in their urine tend to be obese, have more abdominal fat and be insulin resistant. These metabolic disorders can lead to further and more harmful health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Americans are exposed to BPA through ingesting foods stored in plastic containers made with BPA, and BPA-lined cans, as well as through non-food sources, such as cash register receipts.

BPA exposure has also been linked to cancer, hyperlipidemia, thyroid problems and inflammation. Here are some ways to avoid BPA that have been mentioned in previous blogs.

1. Read labels. Many products are labeled BPA-free.

2. Avoid canned foods when possible. Eat fresh whenever possible. If you need the convenience of cans, learn more about companies the produce BPA-free cans.

3. Never microwave plastic. (NEVER!)

4. Store leftover food in glass containers with BPA-free lids.

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