Vegetarian Diet/Menarche

Menarche (beginning of menstrual periods) is influenced by diet. A study from Loma Linda University reveals that meat eaters have menarche six-months earlier than vegetarians. Those who used meat analogues had menarch 9 months later than those who did not use meat analogues. The liberal use of beans and other legumes, grains and nuts was associated with a 5 to 6 month delay in menarch when compared to a group which used these foods less freely.

Early onset menarche is known to be a risk factor for breast cancer. Previous studies have suggested a relationship between the use of animal products and early menstruation.
(Nutrition Research 7(5)471-480, May 1987)

Copyright 1988 Phylis A. Austin

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