It is very rare that someone forgets their first period. The time. The place. How old you were. It all stays with you well into adolescence and adulthood.
Well, now, a study is claiming that the age you were when you got your first period might factor into your life expectancy.
The study included 16,000 participants and has come back with some pretty surprising results!
The study conducted by the University of California in San Diego, found that people who started their periods later in life are more likely to reach 90-years-old!
The data studied from the Women’s Health Initiative, which followed the 16,000 post-menopausal participants, led scientists to conclude that people who started their periods after the age of 12 are more likely to live longer!
Also, other conclusions were drawn based on the age some people hit menopause…
People who do not experience the menopause until later in life, i.e. after the age of 50, are more likely to live until they are 90-years-old!
Researchers have admitted that they aren’t sure why there’s a connection between the age you stop and start your period and your life expectancy, just that there is one…
Aladdin Shadyab, who was the lead on the study, said:
“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.”
“Factors, such as smoking, can damage the cardiovascular system and ovaries, which can result in earlier menopause.”
“Women with later menopause and a longer reproductive lifespan may have decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases.”