Hidden danger: The effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical in plastic bottles and food-can lining, have been revealed in a new study into obesity
Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle is often blamed for the modern-day rise in obesity… but another more common and hidden cause has been uncovered.
A chemical widely used in plastics and food-can lining - which has been linked to cancer and labelled a toxic substance in Canada - has now been linked to weight gain and diabetes.
Researchers showed that only small doses of the chemical can trigger a reaction in the body that scrambles hormone signals.
A report published last week in PLoS ONE shows that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) - used in everything from fertilisers to plastic water bottles - can ‘fool’ the body into creating more fat.
Furthermore, it can lead to the incdreased production of insulin, the body’s way to regulate fat and carbohydrates.
If there is too much insulin created, the body can become ‘immune’ to its effects - leading to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
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