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Precocious puberty
The average age of first menstruation is under 12 years.Precocious puberty is also occurring in boys. The guilty party is looking more like hormone disruptors.
Julianne is a devoted mother to her beautiful five-year-old daughter, Sarah. But all is not as it seems&something strange is stirring in Sarah’s body.

One bedtime, as Julianne pulled a pyjama top over her daughter’s head Sarah suddenly exclaimed, “Ouch! That hurt when you touched my nipple.” Julianne was surprised by her daughter’s response and took a closer look. Yes, Sarah’s nipples did appear to be different from what she had remembered.

Julianne’s pediatrician scheduled tests that confirmed that Sarah was going through puberty. The small lumps were, in fact, breast buds. How could this be happening to a five-year-old? The doctor explained that Sarah had a condition called “precocious puberty.”

Puberty in the preteen years

Precocious puberty, or early sexual development, is happening everywhere. It’s estimated that one out of six girls aged eight may be entering puberty. The age at which puberty begins has been steadily declining. Today, the average age of first menstruation is under 12 years. Reports of early puberty have come from many countries including Canada, the US, Australia, Britain, the European Union, Asia, and the Caribbean.

A groundbreaking US study on 17,000 girls found that 27 percent of African-American and almost seven percent of Caucasian girls had the onset of secondary sexual characteristics, i.e., either breast development or pubic hair development, by the age of seven. By the time the girls turned eight-years-old, 15 percent of Caucasian girls and 50 percent of Afro-American girls were starting puberty. Even more startling was the finding that one percent of Caucasian and three percent of African-American girls showed these characteristics by the age of three.

The development of secondary sexual characteristics in girls signals the onset of important physiological and psychological changes. Girls who reach puberty earlier tend to have increased risks for hormonal imbalances including PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, acne, excessive facial hair, and infertility. Studies show they also have sex earlier, increase their risk of pregnancy, experience more depression and psychological stress, have more behavioural problems, are more likely to drink and smoke, have a lower IQ, and are at increased risk of suicide.

But perhaps the most disturbing consequence is the well-established risk for pre- and postmenopausal breast and ovarian cancers associated with having an early menstruation. For instance, a girl who menstruates at the age of 10 is at approximately twice the risk as a girl whose menstruation started at the age of 16. The younger a woman is when she starts her periods, the higher her risk of later developing breast cancer. Prolonged exposure to estrogens poses a risk factor for breast cancer; estrogen is known to fuel the growth of estrogen-sensitive tissue like that found in the breast.

Precocious puberty is also occurring in boys. It has now been discovered that boys as young as nine years old are developing genitalia, producing sperm, and having spontaneous erections. In addition, they have hair growth on the face, under their arms, and in the pubic area. In boys, this can mean more aggressive, violent behaviour, learning disabilities, and more drug and alcohol abuse. Early puberty also increases the incidence of testicular cancer, sterility, and shorter stature in men.

To read the full article, go to the Alive website

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Attend a free half-day workshop on the links between climate change and health. Learn about the links between climate change and health
For your health and your family! - As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in plastic wrap. She alsolearned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food.
Cafe Canada - The next Cafe Canada will be on Friday, October ll, 7:30 pm at theMahone Bay Centre on School Street. This meeting will be on Health Care with Heather Robinson, Head of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union as our speaker.
Chlorpyrifos (Dursban) in PEI and Maritime Rivers - The use of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos, (the active ingredient in the insecticide Dursban) acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor in PEI is indeed a concern.
GM crop disaster loomsAUSTRALIAN farmers would be destroyed by genetically modified crops - Percy Schmeiser, a third-generation seed farmer in Saskatchewan, said Australia would be unable to contain the spread of genetically modified organisms.
Organic crops no more nutritional - There is no appreciable difference between the nutritional content of organic fruits and vegetables and conventionally grown ones, according to research commissioned by The Globe and Mail and CTV.
More research confirms organic food is better for you - The Soil Association Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health report showed that the nutritional content of organic was higher than non-organic foods. New US research shows by how much.
Cabbage is more than just in abundance - Cabbage is from a group of plants known as the cole crops. The word
In Season - Daikon - People are always talking about eating in season, and so am I, but I heard a new take on the subject the other day.
What in the world is KEFIR? - Kefir, a probiotic cultured dairy product, is similar in some ways to yogurt, but offers a wider variety of health benefits.
Turnips - Not only is this root vegetable easy to grow, but it keeps well, too. The turnip, a vegetable of the same genus of the family Cruciferae (mustard family) as the cabbage, is native to Europe, where it has long been cultivated. As it is a biennial cool-whe
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