A recent study from France shows that Polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that affects 7% of women in North American, is associated with starting to menstruate at an early age.

Women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome usually have irregular periods, a difficult time getting pregnant, acne, dark hair of their faces and bodies, and cysts on their ovaries, and are at increased risk for developing heart attacks, diabetes and uterine cancer when they are older. This study shows that women who have this syndrome often start menstruating before age 12, and have very high insulin levels that cause all of their symptoms. The treatment is to lower insulin levels by restricting refined carbohydrates in bakery products, pastas, sugar-added foods and drinks that contain sugar such as fruit juices and sodas, and taking a drug called metformin before meals to prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high. See report #8124.

Endocrine consequences of premature pubarche in post-pubertal Caucasian girls. Clinical Endocrinology, 2002, Vol 57, Iss 1, pp 101-106. T Meas, D Chevenne, E Thibaud, J Leger, S Cabrol, P Czernichow, C LevyMarchal. Levy-Marchal C, Hop Robert Debre, INSERM, U457, 48 Blvd Serurier, F-75019 Paris, FRANCE

Checked 9/5/05

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