STUDY: Sugary Drinks Could Accelerate Start Of Puberty In Girls

Girls who drink a lot of soda and other sugary drinks may get their first menstrual periods earlier than girls who don’t often consume these drinks, according to a new study in the journal Human Reproduction. The research involved more than 5,500 U.S. girls ages 9 to 14 who had not yet had their first periods at the study’s start. Researchers asked the girls questions about their diets, including how frequently they consumed soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages (such as fruit drinks and iced tea), and tracked the girls for five years (from 1996 to 2001).
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