Leyla Raiani
Feb 23, 2012

First study to show that bisphenol A exposure increases risk of heart disease

A new study followed people over a 10-year time period and shows that healthy people with higher urine concentrations of BPA, a controversial chemical widely used in the plastics industry, were more likely to later develop heart disease. BPA is one of the world's highest production volume chemicals. The global population is exposed to BPA primarily through packaged food and drink, but also through drinking water, dental sealants, exposure to the skin and the inhalation of household dust. The study was carried out by researchers at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Exeter and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, in association with the University of Cambridge. It is the first time that data has been used to establish a link between exposure to BPA and future onset of cardiovascular disease.