High meat diet ‘linked to early periods’

| 11/06/2010

(BBC): Girls who eat a lot of meat during childhood tend to start their periods earlier than others, a study suggests. UK researchers compared the diets of more than 3,000 12-year-old girls. They found high meat consumption at age three (over eight portions a week) and age seven (12 portions) was strongly linked with early periods. Writing in Public Health Nutrition, the researchers said a meat-rich diet might prepare the body for pregnancy, triggering an earlier puberty. During the 20th Century, the average age at which girls started their periods fell fairly dramatically, although it now seems to be levelling off.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the link might be to the hormones in the meat, they should do a study to compare those who eat organic meat reared without hormones and those that don’t and see if there is a difference.