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    Categories: Health & Wellness

Health Monitor

A report released Wednesday found that the majority of food cans sold by major Canadian retailers contain bisphenol A.

The report Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food was commissioned by six not-for-profit groups from Canada and U.S. and tested 192 cans from both countries.

The study found that 80 per cent of private label cans from Loblaws’ tested positive for BPA-based epoxy resin.

BPA is a synthetic estrogen that disrupts normal hormonal function within the body. Studies have shown links between the chemical and an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although those links are still disputed by some experts.

The biggest contributor to BPA exposure is its presence in the resin used to line cans to keep food safe from bacterial contamination.

For the first time World Health Day, April 7, will focus on diabetes.

The Canadian Diabetes Association will be hosting a live Twitter discussion on self-management and diabetes on Wednesday, April 6. People with diabetes play a big role in managing the disease to stay healthy.

CDA’s chief science officer, Dr. Jan Hux will answer questions and provide advice on managing blood sugar levels, foot care, eye care, physical activity and nutrition.

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. you can follow #DiabetesWHD and tweet questions to @DiabetesAssoc. You can also send questions in advance by Monday, April 4, to socialmedia@diabetes.ca.

The Healthy Bedroom, located just outside St. Albert on 178 Street has partnered with one of the oldest bed manufacturers in the world, Hastens, to bring better sleep to St. Albertans.

Hastens has been manufacturing horsehair mattresses since 1852. While foams and other synthetic mattresses tend to hold moisture, which leads to decay, natural fills are longer lasting, wicking away moisture and breathing better. The beds are handmade, hand layered and tufted by hand.

St. Albertans can try out a Hastens natural fill bed in the Healthy Bedroom’s new sleep spa – a private tranquil environment that allows customers to really experience the bed.

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