FDA is Still Saying BPA is Safe as New Study Links BPA to Diabetes and Heart Disease

On Tuesday the FDA held a hearing on BPA, the FDA defended a draft assessment it issued last month declaring that FDA-regulated products on the market that contain BPA are safe.”Right now, our tentative conclusion is that it’s safe, so we’re not recommending any change in habits,” said Laura Tarantino, head of the FDA’s office of food additive safety. The agency said more research was needed.

Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England, divided a representative sample of 1,455 U.S. residents ages 18 to 74 into quartiles based on BPA concentrations in their urine. The BPA data came from a 2003-04 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The researchers found that people in the group with the highest concentration of BPA had almost three times the odds of cardiovascular disease as did those in the lowest quartile, even when factors such as race, income and education levels were accounted for. That group had a 2.4 times higher risk of diabetes.

Now, I’m no scientist, but one could make the argument that obese people have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease, and would also be exposed to more BPA through more food intake (BPA lines canned goods), but either way, Baby Bodyguards is still recommending that parents start using BPA-free alternatives for their children.