Early periods linked to gestational diabetes

The age at which girls start menstruation could raise their risk of diabetes during pregnancy in later life, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, study.

UQ School of Public Health researchers said they analysed data from more than 4,700 women who took part in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and found that a higher number of women who reported having their first period at a younger age went on to develop gestational diabetes.

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

Ms Schoenaker said: “This finding could mean that health professionals will start asking women when they had their first period to identify those at higher risk of gestational diabetes.”

Gestational diabetes is an increasingly common pregnancy complication and can have long-lasting health consequences for mothers and their children.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801833226-ADNFCR