Sugary drinks can bring on girl’s periods earlier
According to a study reported in today’s press, girls who drink more than one sugary drink a day are likely to start their periods earlier. Those who drank more than 1.5 sugar sweetened beverages every day had their first period on average 2.7 months earlier than those who had no more than 2 a week. This discovery is significant as the risk of breast cancer later in life increases among those who start their periods earlier. This study was done in the US following 5,583 adolescent girls and the effect was found to be independent of body mass index. The study found no link with fruit juices or diet drinks with added sweeteners although as a nutritional therapist I would not recommend diet drinks as most artificial sweeteners have adverse effects in the body.