The age of a female's first menstrual period could predict her risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life.
New data show women whose cycle began at a younger age tend to have higher B-M-I's, greater waist circumferences and overall obesity than women who started at an older age.
Because these are all risk factors for heart disease early interventions could be needed for girls who menstruate at an early age.
-Study led by researchers at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and published in 'Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism'
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