Bisphenol or BPA for short, is widely used in the lining of cans, cash register receipts and is a component of hard clear plastics. A new study shows that this endocrine disruptor may have negative effects on the kidney.

Researchers found that children with higher levels of BPA in their urine also had higher levels of a protein called albumin. This is a marker of damage to the kidneys. The researchers suggest that this low-grade level of albumin in the urine might have negative effects on kidney function and cardiovascular health later in life.

[Kidney International, online, Jan. 9, 2013]

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  1. LC

    What would make albumin levels go low vs high with blood tests? Are there foods that can make albumin levels in the blood increase? Can this help decrease pleural effusions?

  2. Mary

    Sometimes limited research does more harm than good. BPA falls into the same catagory as Alar in apples, etc. Alar in apples threw such a scare in everyone even to the point of banning apples from children’s lunches. John Stossel, reported this past Thursday, 1/17/13 that now BPA is getting the same press. Without this lining in cans, we would all get poisoned from the metal of the cans. Campbell’s soup does know what its going to do to try to eliminate this “so-called” problem, which really doesn’t exist. Over 1,000 studies have found BPA is safe. But because of a handful of activists think its true we all get victimized and made to believe an untruth. Why would anyone try to deceive the public? Stossel believes that because “bad news” sells there is no honor is telling the truth.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: We do strive to tell the truth. We do not know if BPA poses hazards to the kidneys. We do know that we are all exposed to it. Many toxicologists do worry about it.

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