5 Things Your Period says about You.
Can you remember that day you first had your period? Or the first day your cloths were stained with blood? Then you must be very scared as a young girl.
In the last year, research has linked the age of first menstruation to health risks ranging from allergies and heart disease, to diabetes and cancer. Scientists don’t yet know the exact connection, but it may involve your weight at the time your period arrived.
Type 2 diabetes
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 in Diabetic Medicine. The early menarche increased diabetes by increasing insulin resistance.
According to a new study involving 1.3 million women published in the journal Circulation, 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.
In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, French researchers interviewed about 600 young women who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer before age 35, in addition to about 600 healthy women. Those with an early first period had a higher risk of the disease.
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.
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.
So, if your health puts you at this risk, well, dont think that the whole world is on your head. Just make sure you alleviate this simple things now before they get really worse. Yes, you may be at isk, but you can prevent it now.