15 Feb '12, 9pm

New Study Strengthens Link Between Obesity, Diabetes and BPA

New Study Strengthens Link Between Obesity, Diabetes and BPA

There's more reason to steer clear of Bisphenol A (BPA) than its now-notorious link to cancer and other health problems ; and the risks it poses especially for children. Now, a recent study provides evidence that BPA also contributes to obesity and insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. To some people, this may not sound like news , but the study, published in PLoS ONE , pinpoints just how this works, an understanding that was lacking before. Insulin Overload The study found that BPA triggers the release of insulin in nearly twice the amount as when glucose is ingested—and high insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance and potentially to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.HuffPost explains exactly how this works : To achieve this feat, BPA fools a receptor into thinking it is the natural hormone estrogen, an insulin regulator. Nadal's team found that even the tin...

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