By now, we are all aware of the dangers associated with drinking liquids and eating foods from plastic containers. This is due to the fact that most forms of plastic contain BPA, an industrial chemical used to give it a solid form. Many experts have warned that increased exposure to BPA can cause hormonal imbalances, issues with pregnancy and other health risks.
However, it is only recently that several studies came out showing a definitive link between BPA and miscarriages. Many have speculated that BPA would have an adverse affect on pregnancy and birth, but this is the first time that it was proven in a human-based study.
BPA and Miscarriages
The study, which was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that there was a link between exposure to BPA and an increased risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.
The participants consisted of 115 pregnant women who had their BPA concentration levels measured throughout the study. By the end of the study, 47 of those women had healthy, live births while the remaining 68 had clinical miscarriages. Researchers found that there were higher concentrations of BPA in the women who had miscarriages compared to the women who had healthy, live births.
Researchers came to the conclusion that having a high exposure to BPA during pregnancy can increase your chance of miscarriage by up to 80%. According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Ruth Lathi, the study is very significant as both miscarriages and BPA exposure are a common occurrence.
“This is important because miscarriage is a very common occurrence and human exposure to BPA is near-ubiquitous,” Lathi told the Telegraph. “There are some simple things that people can do but it’s impossible to avoid it completely.”
How to Avoid BPA (as Much as Possible)
Although it is almost impossible to completely avoid BPA in the modern age, there are many ways that you can reduce your exposure to it. Another one is by replacing commonly used plastic containers with non-BPA options.
These swaps can include buying fresh food instead of canned food (most commercially sold tin cans are lined with BPA) or using glass or metal water bottles instead of plastic ones.
If you insist on using BPA containing plastics, then make sure that they avoid heat, and this can enhance the amount of BPA released from those products.
“Avoid anything that involves cooking or warming food in plastic as the chemicals leak out of plastic materials at a higher rate at higher temperatures,” Lathi says.
This includes microwaving food in plastic or Tupperware containers, or leaving plastic water bottles out in the sun before drinking from them. It has even been discovered that handling cash receipts can increase your exposure to BPA.
“Avoid canned food, avoid cooking or heating plastic and then avoid unnecessary cash register receipts. Those are simple things that don’t cost a lot of money and are easy to do.”
For more information on BPA and the affect that it has on your body, click here.
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