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Chemical Found in Plastic May Put Kids at Risk of Kidney and Heart Disease

Bisphenol A, better known as BPA, was recently banned in baby bottles but the FDA stopped short of completely nixing the chemical.

A common chemical found in the lining of water bottles, aluminum cans and other food packaging may put children at risk of developing kidney and heart disease, according to a study from the NYU School of Medicine.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 700 children, focusing on the amount of Bisphenol A, better known as BPA, in their urine.

“The people who have been exposed to high levels of BPA in their urine are showing that they’re also leaking proteins,” said Dr. Matthew Budoff, cardiologist at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. “And when you start leaking proteins from your kidney, you start building kidney damage.”

As the kidney becomes compromised, so do the blood vessels and the heart. That can lead to an increased risk of developing heart disease in the future.

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