Ben Harder, writing under Science News, has reported on a recent study linking Bisphenol-A, a building block of polycarbonate plastics, with resistance to insulin absorption in the body. The chemical mimics estrogen when consumed, boosting insulin levels and reducing sensitivity to the hormone over time, as well as possibly contributing to obesity early in life.
"The newfound contribution of the chemical to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, might partially explain the global epidemic of that disease," says Angel Nadal of Miguel Hernández University of Elche in Spain, who led the new study.
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CAW supported the recent AB 319 (Chan), which proposed to ban Bisphenol-A and certain phthalates from the production of toys intended for children aged 3 and under. Although the legislation failed to pass, CAW continues to monitor and support efforts to address toxics in plastics.
Polycarbonate plastics are commonly used in office water bottles, durable personal water bottles, sturdy microwavable plastics, and baby bottles, among other items. There are currently 20.8 million American adults and children who have Diabetes.