BPA, phthalates tied to kids’ weight, diabetes risk

Joyce Lee from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her colleagues used nutrition survey data through 2010 to compare BPA levels in the urine of six- to 18-year-olds with other health measures. In their analysis of 3,370 kids, BPA – an industrial chemical that may mimic estrogen in the body – was not linked to insulin resistance or blood sugar. But children with higher BPA levels were more likely to be obese, and tended to have a higher waist circumference-to-height ratio, than those with the lowest levels. A total of 18 percent of kids in the study were obese, based on CDC growth charts. Compared to children with the lowest BPA levels, the 25 percent with the highest levels were twice as likely to meet the cutoff for obesity. The average child had 2.6 nanograms, or 2.6 billionths of a gram, of BPA in every milliliter of urine.
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Tour de Cure targets diabetes

The bike event criss-crosses 86 cities across the nation, and the Katy event is among the top 10 tours in the country in terms of fundraising. WHEN: Sept. 21 WHERE: Event starts and ends at AutoNation Nissan Katy, 25550 Kingsland Blvd, Katy COST: Registration is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the race. Each rider is encouraged to raise a minimum of $150 for the American Diabetes Association. Fundraising discounts are offered for riders age 17 and under. WEBSITE: http://www.diabetes.org/ houstontourdecure PHONE: 713-977-7706 WHAT YOU WILL FIND: Cyclists who take part in the event can choose from one of five routes that vary in distance. The event is aimed a casual bikers and those looking for a hard-core ride by offering 10-, 27-, 47-, 63- and 100-mile paths.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/news/article/Tour-de-Cure-targets-diabetes-4744771.php

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