Skip to comments.Low vitamin D linked to earlier first menstruation, a risk factor...health problems throughout life
Posted on 08/11/2011 6:44:57 AM PDT by decimon
ANN ARBOR, Mich.A study links low vitamin D in young girls with early menstruation, which is a risk factor for a host of health problems for teen girls as well as women later in life.
Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health measured the blood vitamin D levels in 242 girls ages 5-12 from Bogota, Colombia, and followed them for 30 months. Girls low on vitamin D were twice as likely to start menstruation during the study than those with sufficient vitamin D, said epidemiologist Eduardo Villamor, associate professor in the U-M SPH.
This is important for several reasons, Villamor said. Worldwide, there has been a slow decline in the age of the first menstruation, or menarche, for years, which Villamor says suggests an environmental cause, since the genetics that trigger puberty haven't changed.
Early menstruation is a risk factor for behavioral and psychosocial problems in teens. Also, girls who have an earlier menarche appear to have increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases and cancerparticularly breast cancer, as adults.
(Excerpt) Read more at ns.umich.edu ...
I even wonder if there are socioeconomic reasons for a seeming disparity between urban, suburban and rural youths.
/Totally unscientific rambling mode: OFF/
I can’t say it enough times. Children should be taking vitamins and be out in the sunshine WITHOUT sun screen.
I have to agree with you there about lack of sunlight. Plus the sunscreen mania that has become commonplace now. Another thing too, is the tendency for young girls (and kids in general) to drink large amounts of cola sodas which, as I understand saps the calcium out of your bones-right at the time they need to be loading up on it. My SIL never served milk with dinner to her young girls and that shocked me, she’d break out a liter bottle of cola instead.
I had much the same thought.
Sunlight - do some searching, it’s very important.
And - amazingly (as all Creation) - it naturally regulates.
Did a quick google, found some site that has some of the benefits of real butter. The site referenced other sites, but I figure for our purposes, YGTI (you get the idea)...
from bodyecology.com :
1. Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
2. Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
3. Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
4. Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
5. Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
6. Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
7. Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
8. Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
9. Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
10. Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
11. Protects against tooth decay.
12. Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
13. Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
14. Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
15. Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
16. May promote fertility in women.9
17. Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
18. Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
19. Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
20. Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.
here’s the link...
Of course, healthy eating is also an issue that the “goofies” have taken up - and they try to say that conservatism is somehow against healthy eating. Whatever.
Bottom line for me, real food is not bad. Big corporate America twists and distorts free enterprise into some kind of mindless idiot monster that wants us to eat whatever comes out of their factories and shut up and like it. It’s plain to see it’s about easy revenue.
Low fat diets being pushed by the molester lobby.
“... real food is not bad”.
I couldn’t agree more. I personally wonder about all the chemicals/preservatives/growth hormones etc... that has been added to processed food. Today, people glance at the calorie count of a product but not the ingredients. Many people don’t truly “cook” anymore. Macaroni and cheese comes from a box with orange powder, mashed potatoes come from a box of flakes... YUCK!
A certain amount. Nobody's saying put your child by the pool and fry them like a chicken (Seinfeld reference), but a certain amount of sun is good, nay NECESSARY for good growth and good health. WHY is moderation such a hard thing for us people to grasp?
I have never heard or seen documentation of cola leaching calcium, but I will grant that replacing milk with cola at mealtimes is robbing them of vital nutrients for growing bodies and minds and that it could very well stunt their growth and\or give them tendencies toward brittle bones later in life.
Low vitamin D in the tropics is surprising.
From what I've read, that's actually common. One reason given is that there are often long rainy seasons in the tropics.
I can think of other reasons that would apply to the summer months here. One reason is that it's mad dogs and Englishmen that go out in the midday sun while the rest of us seek to be indoors or in the shade. I doubt that many of us, here or in the tropics, get much of that beneficial midday sun.
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