Sugary drinks may speed early puberty

girl drinking sugarA recent Harvard study proposes that a diet of sugary drinks can force the early onset of puberty by almost 3 months for girls. That doesn’t sound like anything to be worried about until you look at the long-term effects of early onset puberty. The rush of sex hormones that are linked to high sugar spikes in the bloodstream can have a longer term detrimental effect on a woman’s health. Soft drink companies are not happy with this study, saying it is too early to point the blame at them. What the study does however, is point the blame at much more than just sugary drinks.

The impact of high-glycemic diets on pre-pubescent girls

The study focused on sugary drinks, but what researchers were focusing on was the level of sugar to look at the impact of high glycemic diets on pre-pubescent girls. The influx of glucose then triggers a rush of insulin and other hormones in the body. Some of these hormones are the sex hormones, and all of these hormones – in a blast in a pre-pubescent body can trigger an imbalance in trigger functions that will last through out the person’s lifetime. It can also induce menstruation 3 months earlier than the average girl would experience it.

Diet drinks don’t have the same impact

One of the things that the study looked at was whether or not diet drinks, and drinks with artificial sweeteners had the same impact on the hormone metabolism in the body. They did not find any evidence that a similar hormone trigger occurs with these. There is enough evidence that researchers are planning to pursue an expanded version of the study looking at the diets of pre-pubescent girls to further identify other factors from high glycemic diets that can impact the onset of puberty.

What you should know now

What you should know now is that early onset of puberty is not ideal for the health of girls. The research suggests that avoiding a high glycemic diet can help to avoid early onset. The average age of puberty should be about 13.8 years of age.

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