Early Periods Associated With Higher Risk of Gestational Diabetes, Says Sudy

A new study suggests that there is a fifty percent higher risk of gestational diabetes in women who began having periods before age 12 versus those who started at age 13. The study included data from similar studies done globally.

Gestational diabetes is an increasingly common pregnancy complication that can affect both the mother and the child. Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia analyzed data from more than 4,700 women.

A higher number of women who reported having their first period at or before age 11 later developed gestational diabetes than those who reporting starting menstruation after age 12.

This adds to the already growing list of problems early puberty can be a risk factor for.

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"The global trend towards starting puberty at a younger age is concerning, and health professionals could start to include age of first period as a marker for potential adverse health outcomes," says the study's summary.

The study found that the gestational diabetes risk remained even when accounting for body mass index among participants. This shows that early menstruation is a definite indicator of gestational diabetes risk, the researchers say.

The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and is part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.

Source: ScienceDaily

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