Yet another study has demonstrated a link between bisphenol-A, a popular hard plastic often used in joggers’ water bottles and can liners, as well as cash register receipts.
We’re posted extensively about the omnipresent plastic proven to disrupt the body’s endocrine system, and now comes one more confirmation that a substance industry assured us was harmless can lead to lifelong health problems.
Children are especially susceptible to the endocrine system disrupting chemical, and a study published just last month linked childhood obesity to prenatal BPA blood levels.
And now a new study links the plastic to ADHD.
Children in the U.S. with higher levels of BPA in their bodies were more likely to have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study.
The study of 460 children across the U.S. aged 8 to 15 years old found that 11 percent of those with BPA levels higher than the median level had ADHD. In contrast, 3 percent of those children with BPA levels below the median had ADHD.
The research, published online last week in the Environment Research journal [$41.95 to read (Elsevier banditry) — esnl], adds to evidence that children’s BPA exposure may alter brain development and lead to behavior problems such as reduced attention and hyperactivity. ADHD is the most common behavior disorder in U.S. children, causing them to have trouble concentrating and controlling their behavior.
It’s unclear what causes the disorder, but research suggests a mix of genetics and exposure to some environmental chemicals, such as BPA, which is known to disrupt hormones critical for developing brains.
The association was stronger for boys than girls, which reflects broader ADHD rates. Nationally about 10 percent of children between 5 and 17 have had an ADHD diagnoses, with boys having a much higher rate at 14 percent. By comparison about 6 percent of girls have the disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.