Chemical found in plastic more harmful to women with ovarian cysts

Feb 07, 2011

Bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic bottles and other containers, may be more harmful to women with polycystic ovary syndrome, according to a recent study.

A recent study has found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more susceptible to Bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic, according to the Endocrine Society.

Researchers analyzed 71 women with PCOS and a control group of 100 women without the disease. The results showed that lean women with the endocrine disorder had rates of BPA 60 percent higher than those of women without the illness, while obese women had amounts 30 percent higher than women from the control group.

Women with PCOS also showed higher rates of androstenedione in the study, which is scheduled to be published in the March edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The hormone eventually converts to testosterone, which may be the root of the problem, according to study co-author Dr. Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis.

"Excessive secretion of androgens, as seen in PCOS, interfere with BPA detoxification by the liver, leading to accumulation of blood levels of BPA," said Diamanti-Kandarakis.

Aside from possessing higher amounts of BPA in their blood, women with PCOS are also at risk for dangerous conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Those who have the syndrome should consider life insurance, in the event that they develop one of the life-threatening diseases.  

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