Early menarche linked to lung problems

Results from a new study have revealed that women who have their first menstrual period at age 10 years or below have lower lung function and more chance of asthma in adulthood than those whose menarche was at age 13 years

The study included 3,354 women aged 27-57 years who participated in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey II. Women with early menarche had a higher rate of asthma symptoms, asthma with bronchial hyperactivity and asthma symptom score than those who experienced menarche later. These results suggest that metabolic and hormonal factors influence women's respiratory health.
Mascali F, Gomez Real F, Plana E et al. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2011; 183: 8-14

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