Women menstruating before age 13 may have higher risk of stroke- study

A lot of things have been said about the possible health consequences of early menstrual period. Studies have suggested that girls who get their period at an early age have an increased risk of various health problems, including, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. Recently, a new study from Australia has claimed that girls who start menstruating at 11 or younger are at an increased risk of early or premature menopause. The study further stated that women have a two-fold increased risk of premature menopause and a 30 percent increased risk of early menopause if they do not bear children. Now, a new study has linked early menstruation to a greater risk of stroke. As per the latest research on the negative effects of early menstruation, girls who start their periods at the age of 13 or younger may be nearly 1.8 times more likely to suffer a stroke than those who start at the age of 15. These women are also more at risk for cerebral infarction, in which a section of brain tissue dies due to reduced blood flow and oxygen. “Early menarche might predict the incidence of stroke rather than the mortality caused by stroke,” said Takayoshi Ohkubo, Professor at Tohoku University in Japan. The study suggests women who stopped menstruating at 45 or younger are also more likely to get cerebral infarction, but not stroke, compared to women who began menopause at the age of 50. For the study, the team followed a group of 1,412 postmenopausal women in Japan. Through initial questionnaires and follow-up surveys, the researchers tracked the women’s ages of menarche and menopause, if and when they had a stroke, and other factors such as height, weight, heart disease and hypertension. After taking confounding factors into account, the researchers still found a statistically significant association between stroke risk and early menarche. Menstruation onset is influenced by genetic, behavioural and socioeconomic factors, among others.

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