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Low Level of Vitamin D Found to be Linked to Early Menstruation

Low Level of Vitamin D Found to be Linked to Early Menstruation

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  • Girls who are vitamin D deficient may be more than twice as likely to go through early puberty, which may in turn increase your risk of cancer and other disease
  • The vitamin D receptor in cells also plays a role in the growth and proliferation of colon tumors; vitamin D deficiency may increase your risk of developing aggressive colon cancer
  • Vitamin D may be useful in treating the early stages of colon cancer
  • Both children and adults should optimize vitamin D levels through safe sun exposure, using a safe tanning bed or taking a vitamin D3 supplement while monitoring your levels

By Dr. Mercola

In the 19th century the onset of menstruation occurred around the age of 15. Now the average age of the first period, or menarche, is around 12. The time during and before puberty is one of rapid development and change, which is why even months matter when it comes to first menstruation. Early puberty can set the stage for emotional and behavioral problems, and there is evidence that suggests these girls are also at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other cardiometabolic diseases, as well as cancer.

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