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Women, Girls and Hormones.

Posted in Education, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by urbannight

Ladies, have you ever wished you could just hurry up and go through menopause just to get rid of some of the side effects of that time of the month?  I’m thinking about it as I hit here recovering from a migraine I’ve started to get almost every single month for the past couple of years.  Blood pressure meds took care of most of the headaches, but not this type of headache.

I’m thinking about it and wondering if it also has anything to do with the jump in weight I’ve had the past couple of years. When you are over weight, you produce more estrogen.  Could that be the source of my increasing monthly migraines?

Which leads me to an article I read yesterday. Or today.  I don’t remember as it is a blur.  What I do remember is that it was about the fact that girls are more and more often hitting puberty earlier.  As young as 6 years old.  That is still a bit odd but 9 years old is not unusual anymore.

People are trying to slow it down by avoiding meats that have had growth hormones used on the animals to make them bigger faster.  Many think this may play a part in early development.  And that may be true to a certain extent.

undernourishment does slow it down.  And the school lunch program was started because they realized that a lot of American youths were actually undernourished.  So much so that they didn’t qualify for the military during the draft for WWII.  So better nourishment and general health may also play a part.

But I also read another article this week on the fact that the medical field is considering changing the definitions of normal birth weight.  More and more babies are being born heavier.  More and more mothers are waiting until later to have children.  They are looking at redefining a whole slew of ‘norms’ relating to pregnancy and childbirth.  If weight is tied to onset of puberty in girls, then it could be possible that girls that are starting out heavier as infants may be in line for early puberty.

Personally, I think ‘normal’ infant weights ought to be the weight in relation to height that give an infant the highest level of health and success.  I don’t see how saying the new ‘sumo’ babies are the new norm and accepting that as a normal weight is healthy as there seems to be indications that this is already putting them at higher risk of childhood obesity from the moment of birth.

Somehow, the entire notion just offends me.