Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

Girls who have their first period before age 11 are 50 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes according to research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. It is an increasingly common pregnancy complication with long-lasting health consequences for mothers and their children. 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.

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