Early periods may up gestational diabetes risk

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Girls who start menstruating at a younger age are 50 per cent more likely to develop gestational diabetes, researchers including one of Indian origin have found.

Gestational diabetes is an increasingly common pregnancy complication and can have long-lasting health consequences for mothers and their children. Researchers from University of Queensland in Australia analysed data from more than 4,700 women and found a higher number of women who reported having their first period at a younger age had later developed gestational diabetes.

Those who had their first period at age 11 or younger were 50 per cent more likely to develop gestational diabetes than those who experienced their first period at age 13, said Danielle Schoenaker.

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