Sugary drinks linked to earlier periods
Countless studies have linked sugary drinks to obesity, diabetes and other health problems in kids. Could these same beverages also be causing girls to get their periods sooner?
During the five year study, researchers followed 5,583 girls ages 9 – 14 years old before any of them had started their periods. Each of the girls was asked about their diet including how often they had a sugary beverage. Researchers concluded that girls who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who consumed two or fewer drinks a week.
“Our study adds to increasing concern about the wide-spread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks among children and adolescents,” said lead researcher Dr. Karin Michels, associate professor at Harvard Medical School in a news release.
“The main concern is about child obesity, but the study suggests that age of first menstruation occurred earlier among girls with the highest consumption of drinks sweetened with added sugar.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the diet of American kids.
“Sugar sweetened drinks have been found to have minimal nutritional value and should be avoided considering the potential risk,” says Dr. Kim.
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