Not many of us know that the age of the first period is not only a thing to remember but also a pretty important milestone in our health profile. It can help make some fairly accurate predictions about the risk of obesity, heart disease, breast cancer, and possible complications during pregnancy.
It can also hint at future nutrition and health habits. Let’s review together some of the health predictions given by of the age of your first period.
#1. Your future weight
An early first period is linked to gaining weight in early adulthood and even, possibly, becoming obese later in life. One of the possible explanations is that an early period usually happens because of a higher body mass index, which demonstrates a tendency to gain weight early on in life.
#2. Will you suffer from heart disease?
If your period started very early (before you were 10) or very late (after you were 17), you may have heart problems in the future. According to a large study, your chances of developing heart disease later in life are 27% higher than those of other women who got their period between 10 and 17.
#3. Will you have diabetes?
A higher body mass index in your childhood, which also usually induces early menstruation, can put you at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than other women who started menstruating in their teens. Scientists think it happens because the earlier puberty hormones are present in the body, the more likely the development of some level of insulin resistance becomes later in life.
#4. Higher risk of breast cancer
If you had your first period before the age of 12, it might not be a bad idea to regularly test yourself for the presence of breast cancer, because you have a 20% higher probability of developing the disease later in life. Be careful not to fall into the other extreme and start thinking only about this, because that can also heighten the risk.
#5. Will your pregnancy go well?
According to some studies, the incidence of pregnancy complications like preeclampsia (which, left untreated can be fatal to both mother and child) is higher for women who had their first period before the age of 12. The risk gets even higher for overweight or obese women who first menstruated before age 11.
#6. Expected lifespan
For reasons still unknown, there is a clear link between the moment of the first period and a woman’s expected lifespan. The same link exists between the start of menopause and a woman’s lifespan. Basically, the later you had your first period and the later you had your last, the more likely it is you will reach your ninetieth birthday. It is also less likely that you will start smoking or suffer from diabetes.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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