yesterday, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) may be leading to the increase in numbers of diabetics while new research suggests that low doses of BPA (Bisphenol-A) found in plastics, the lining of food and drink cans as well as on receipts is also a culprit. The new research adds credibility to previous studies linking type 2 diabetes and low-dose exposure to BPA.
“I don’t think that anyone can say now that low-dose effects don’t occur,” says endocrinologist Ana Soto of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, who was not involved in the new work. “It shows that changes happen in human cells — and at concentrations comparable to current levels of human exposure.”
BPA mimics the effects of estrogen, a hormone that is involved in regulating insulin production in the body. The new study, published online February 8 in PLoS ONE, finds that BPA is every bit as potent as the body’s natural estrogen in terms of triggering insulin release.
“I don’t think BPA alone will cause type 2 diabetes,” says Franck Mauvais-Jarvis of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dozens of environmental chemicals can mimic hormones, he says, “and I suspect it’s a cocktail of these nasties that predisposes individuals to developing metabolic disease, whether its type 2 diabetes or obesity.”
What can you do to minimize your exposure to BPA and the possible type 2 Diabetes risks? Stay away from foods and drinks in cans (or look for Eden Foods BPA free cans), use stainless steel instead of plastics, refuse receipts or keep them in an envelope in your wallet and wash your hands repeatedly throughout the day.
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Sources: CDC, BPA Fosters Diabetes-promoting Changes - Science News