After studying the lives of 15,000 women, researchers found that girls who began to menstruate between the ages of 8 and 11 were 70% more likely to develop type II diabetes than those who began to menstruate at age 13, the median age, adds Medline Plus.
What’s the link between early menstruation and type II diabetes?
They’re not too sure.
But they believe it could be because early puberty has an “effect on metabolic disease risk, which is partially mediated by increased BMI [a measurement of body fat based on height and weight], but also has some direct effect through other biological pathways which act independently of adiposity [body fat],” reveals health24.
And while early puberty is hard to prevent – although certain environmental factors like eating organic foods can help – there are habits you can help her develop that’ll limit her type II diabetes risk...
So how can you lower your teen’s diabetes risk?
Among these habits, kidshealth.org suggests you:
Incidents of type II diabetes in children have risen 45% in the past ten years. By knowing what puts your children at risk, you can ensure you’re taking steps to protect them.