Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked To Earlier Puberty in Girls

Karin B. Michels, MPH, PhD, ScD Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Karin B. Michels, MPH, PhD, ScD

Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School,
Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School Boston MA

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage consumption is associated with earlier age at menopause.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage consumption may explain part of why puberty is starting earlier and earlier in girls. This is another reason besides childhood obesity which also results from Sugar-Sweetened Beverage consumption to curb the consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage in children.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We would like to better understand the underlying mechanisms.

Citation:

Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and age at menarche in a prospective study of US girls
J.L Carwile, W.C Willett, D. Spiegelman, E. Hertzmark, J. Rich-Edwards, A.L Frazier, and K.B Michels

Hum. Reprod. first published online January 27, 2015 doi:10.1093/humrep/deu349

 

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