Girls who start their periods after 12 years are seen as ‘late bloomers’
A group of researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine did a recent survey by tracking over 15,000 women- who started their periods after age 12 and experienced menopause at fifty (50) years- for twenty one years and found out they were more likely to live till age 90!
Although, varying from a person to the other, an average girl will start her first period around age 12 with normal puberty in girls set from age 8-13. In recent times, girls who see their first period around age 14 are seen as late bloomers!
The study also revealed that the late bloomers will most likely never have diabetes and coronary heart disease and will most likely not be smokers.
The new study basically sums up the fact that ‘late bloomers’ will live a longer life compared to an early bloomer! The former will definitely lay claim to this if they led a healthy lifestyle, no?
If you’re still waiting for your period to show up, you’re lucky in more ways than one. Sure, getting your period means you’re a healthy, functioning human, but the silver lining of having to wait for it is that you get to delay all the nasty cramping that your friends are likely dealing with if they already menstruate. And on top of that, science now says you might live longer.
A new study found that people who get their period after age 12 and then experience menopause after age 50 are in better overall health than people who have an earlier period start and end. It might even help you live happily and healthily into your 90s.
According to the study from the University of California in San Diego, women who start and end their periods later in life have a better chance of hitting age 90. The 21-year study followed 16,000 women of which 55% lived into their 90s.
“Our team found that women who started menstruation at a later age were less likely to have certain health issues, like coronary heart disease, and those who experienced menopause later in life were more likely to be in excellent health overall, which may be a possible explanation for our findings,” said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.