Researchers have found out those girls who experience periods at age of 11 or early are 50 percent more likely to have gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. This is in comparison to girls who experience periods at age of 13. Gestational diabetes is now becoming a common pregnancy complication and is likely to have a long-term effect on mother and her child.
Gita Mishra, a Professor at University of Queensland points out that early puberty among girls is likely to cause many adverse health effects, at a later age. This study which has been published in American Journal of Epidemiology was done after analysis of data from more than 4,700 women. These women had their periods at a comparatively younger age and as a consequence developed gestational diabetes at a later stage.
It was also found out that an increasing number of women who developed diabetes during their pregnancy period were overweight or obese. This research assumed significance for the fact that public health is very much relevance and the global trend shows that increasing number of girls are now having their menstrual cycle at an early age, as compared to their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago.
This research is also likely to help scientists and doctors come up with precautionary solutions which might reduce the tendency of this problem.