Do you regularly wear sports bras or sports shirts? Check if they have this harmful chemical

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH), California has stated that several sports bras and sports shirts contain high levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

By Dr Himabindu Annamraju

The structure of the female breast is complex consisting of fat, glandular and connective tissue. The female breasts undergo several changes during life. Most of these changes are hormonal, be it during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or even age-related changes. It is recommended for women to wear bras as they support the bust and shoulders and improve comfort and posture.

There are different types of bras on the market, the most popular being the sports bra. These are specifically designed to handle movement and provide maximum support, along with reducing strain on the shoulders and back. Special materials used in the production of the sports bras absorb sweat and keep the skin dry. Although the sports bra is only intended for use during sports or physical activity, more and more women are choosing to wear it regularly because of the comfort it offers.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH), California recently issued a press release stating that several sports bras and sports shirts contain high levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). It also sent legal notices to 8 brands of sports bras and 6 brands of sports shirts after tests showed the clothing could expose individuals to up to 22 times the safe limit of BPA.

It is a well known fact that BPA is a chemical used in the production of plastic and is found in a number of consumer products such as plastic bottles, drinking cups, food cans etc. BPA acts as a hormone disrupting chemical that mimics estrogen and can interfere with normal functioning disturb the body. Even low levels of exposure during pregnancy have been linked to a variety of health problems in the offspring, such as effects on the prostate gland, abnormal development of the mammary glands and ovaries that can increase the chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer later in life. possible health effects on the brain and behavior of children. In addition, BPA has been linked to several adverse health effects, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma for young girls, effects on male and female fertility, and even premature death.

Studies have shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream after seconds or minutes at a time of handling the receipt paper. CEH has expressed concern about high levels of BPA in clothing, especially since sports bras and sports shirts are worn for hours on end and are supposed to make you sweat.

It is very difficult to completely avoid BPA because it is present in so many products. However, awareness is the first step and it is advisable to try to use BPA-free products when eating, drinking and storing food in non-plastic containers. For clothing, the best option would be to limit the time spent in activewear and change immediately after training. Also look for natural fibers like 100% cotton, linen or wool and avoid synthetic fibers like polyester and spandex.

This article is published in association with Rainbow Children’s Hospital.

dr. HIMABINDU ANNAMRAJU, MBBS,CCT,MRCOGCConsultant Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Specialist in High-Risk PregnancyRainbow Children’s Hospital, Kondapur, Hyderabad

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