BPA Could Narrow Arteries, Increase Heart Disease Risk

High levels of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastic bottles and many other consumer products, may narrow your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease, a new report led by researchers at the University of Exeter in the U.K. says.

While the study doesn’t prove cause-and-effect, people with severe heart disease had significantly higher levels of BPA in their urine than those with less-sever heart disease or no heart disease, HealthDay News reported Aug. 15.

The chemical compound, which is found in infant formula, consumer plastics, and in the linings of canned goods is considered safe for human use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), though the agency has recently banned it from use in baby bottles. BPA has been the subject of considerable concern in the past two years, with studies linking the chemical to behavioral and emotional problems in children that could carry across multiple generations.

Consumer groups and a U.S. congressman have called for bans on the product, and several companies have vowed to phase BPA out of their products.

A recent study found that over 90 percent of Americans have measurable levels of BPA in their bloodstreams.

The study appears online in the journal PLoS ONE.

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