High BPA Levels in Kids Linked to Risk for Heart, Kidney Damage

The findings of a new study have associated rising levels of bisphenol A in the urine samples of children with kidney and liver problems, according to an article published today by MSN Healthy Living. The article states that a study from New York University's School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 700 children and teens ages 6-19 for the purposes of the research, and found that:

Children and teens with the highest BPA levels in their urine had a higher albumin-to-creatinine ratio than those with the lowest BPA levels. A higher albumin-to-creatinine ratio can be an early marker of kidney damage and future risk of heart disease, the researchers said.

The study shows correlation, and cannot conclusively comment on the effects of bisphenol A on the body, but researchers still feel that the results are a cause for closer scrutiny of the chemical.

"While our cross-sectional study cannot definitively confirm that BPA contributes to heart disease or kidney dysfunction in children, together with our previous study of BPA and obesity, this new data adds to already existing concerns about BPA as a contributor to cardiovascular risk in children and adolescents," study co-lead author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, associate professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health, said in a news release from the NYU School of Medicine.

"It further supports the call to limit exposure of BPA in this country, especially in children," Trasande added. "Removing it from aluminum cans is probably one of the best ways we can limit exposure. There are alternatives that manufacturers can use to line aluminum cans."

By age 6, almost 92% of children in America have some trace of BPA in their urine, a figure that is uncomfortably high given the concerns the study has raised regarding the safety of the chemical. For more information on bisphenol A and the study on its effect on the kidney and liver, please see the full article on MSN Healthy living here.

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