Animal Research Minute – Could our diets affect when puberty begins?
Well, the Journal Sentinel reports high-calorie diets may cause girls to reach puberty four years earlier than prior generations. New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests higher calorie diets cause girls to reach a weight that triggers puberty at an earlier age. Research with primates, which are genetically similar to people, has revealed a connection between diet, body growth and earlier puberty. This research is significant because puberty triggers hormonal changes that can be emotionally difficult for younger girls, whose brains are still immature.
Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/health/uw-study-sees-dietary-tie-to-early-puberty-in-girls-ck44u9h-139251323.html