In our previous article, we cited that Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic water bottles and food containers, has been linked with cancer, hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, and metabolic problems. Now, Time reports that BPA ingestion also seems to be connected to kidney and heart issues in adults, and more alarmingly, children.

Researchers from the New York University used data from 710 children from ages 9 to 16 who participated in the 2009 and 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Recording BPA levels found in each child's urine, they discovered that those with the highest compound ratings also had the highest albumin (a kind of protein) ratings.

Albumin imbalance can also cause various conditions. Low levels may be a sign of impaired blood vessel linings that can increase the risk of developing heart problems. On the other hand, high levels may mean kidney issues. According to the report, "healthy organs generally filter out large molecules like albumin, which is why albumin may also be a powerful predictor of subsequent heart failure."

Interestingly though, even when conditions in the study were adjusted to accommodate factors such as age, race, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, second-hand smoke exposure, and weight, the connection still remained.

When buying food and water containers, check if they're marked BPA-free. Use porcelain or glass containers as often as you can, especially if you're planning to store consumables in them for a long time.

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