As we move into a new decade, rates of Type 2 diabetes continue to rise dramatically in Australia. It is estimated that 1 million adults in Australia are currently living with type 2 Diabetes. This is a staggering 5% of the adult population.
There are many lifestyle and environmental factors that have been attributed to this staggering increase in type 2 diabetes.
The traditionally know known risk factors include the consumption of ultra-processed foods, excessive body fat, obesity and low activity levels.
New research has emerged showing an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes with exposure to a common environmental factor – bisphenol A (BPA).
A recent study published by Environmental Health Perspectives has shown exposure to BPA increases your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
This association was established over a nine year follow up study across a case cohort of 755 people.
BPA is found in many items including plastic drink bottles, inside lining of canned foods and soft drinks, toothpaste and toothbrushes, plastic lunch boxes, dental sealants and cash register receipts.
This increased risk from exposure to BPA appears to occur independently of the traditional risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes.
The recommendation from this study to lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes is to avoid / minimise your exposure to BPA in the products you consume; and in your environment.
Here is a useful YouTube Video outlining How to Avoid BPA
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