Starting to menstruate before age 13 linked with diabetes, stroke risk: BMJ Study

Updated: Dec 6 2023 2:07PM

New Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Starting to menstruate before turning 13 years old is linked to a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes in mid-life, a US research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Nutrition Prevention & Health has found.

Further, having periods early in life, especially before 10 years of age, is also associated with an increased risk of getting a stroke before the age of 65 in those having diabetes, researchers found after analysing data of more than 17,000 women aged between 20 and 65.

The researchers from Tulane University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in the US said that being an observational study, they couldn't establish the causes behind these associations.