Surprising Facts About Your Period
7 Surprising Things Your First Period Says About You
According to a study involving 1.3 million women published in the journalCirculation, those who started menstruating at age 13 had the lowest risk for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Conversely, those who began at age 10 or younger (or 17 and older) had the highest risk, specifically 27% more for heart disease, 20% for high blood pressure, and 16% for stroke.
Women who got their first period before age 12 have a significantly greater risk of type 2 diabetes than those who got it later in life, according to a survey of about 4,600 middle-aged women published inDiabetic Medicine. "The early menarche increased diabetes by increasing insulin resistance," says study author Jung Sub Lim, MD, PhD.
This condition is marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy. It then becomes a risk factor for stroke afterward. If your first period arrived before age 12, your odds of developing this life threatening condition while pregnant is about 28% greater than if menstruation started later, according to a study in theJournal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.
Chinese researchers examined many different reproductive factors and how they contribute to brain tumor risk. One of their most striking findings was that women who didn't start menstruating until age 17 or later had an elevated risk of developing brain tumors.
Surveys of pre- and post-menopausal women reveal that a first period arriving at age 17 or older correlates with lower bone mineral mass and a higher risk of fracture from osteoporosis. (Feel better starting today with Rodale'sThe Thyroid Cure, a new book that's helped thousands of people finally solve the mystery of what's ailing them.)
Researchers have found a link between early puberty and eczema, asthma, and rhinoconjunctivitis, especially among African-Americans and Hispanics. But so far it hasn't been determined whether it's early puberty that triggers these allergies, or vice versa.
If the arrival of your first period puts you at risk for one or more of these conditions, don't make the mistake of thinking your health is pre-determined. Lim and Shirazian both point out that a healthy lifestyle (being active, controlling weight, watching what you eat) can go a long way toward offsetting the risk.
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