A new study revealed that women who had menstrual cycle at a younger age are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes that can develop Type-2 diabetes in babies.
Researchers stated that at menarche i.e. at the beginning of puberty-myriad hormonal changes occur in the body and gestational diabetes starts after you become pregnant.
Early menarche is associated with greater levels of estrogen in adulthood and other hormonal imbalances are associated with a greater risk of gestational diabetes.
The study has shown that when menarche began at the early stage i.e. age of 11 instead of age 14, there is 39% greater risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Experts opined that doctors would ask women about their first period to know the risk of developing gestational diabetes. Women who had menopause at an early stage are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes and should consider prevention programs.
Recent findings have shown that gestational diabetes had developed in more than seven percent of pregnant women. And, women who had begun their menarche at an early stage are also at increased risk.
Researchers recommended balancing and maintaining good weight before pregnancy can help reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes. The study has overseen over 27,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II.