Early period may increase risk of gestational diabetes by 50%.

4,700 women enrolled in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Researchers discovered that women who had their first period by age 11 or younger had a 50% higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than those who had their period after the age of 13. It is still unknown why gestational diabetes occurs and affects approximately 9% of women giving birth. If gone untreated it can cause the baby to be overweight, which may put the newborn at risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes later in life.

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