While previous research has shown that early puberty in women is a risk factor for heart disease and type-2 diabetes, more recent research confirms these findings and also links the timing of puberty with other health conditions. According to the largest study of its kind to date, early puberty (defined as the date of the first monthly period) was also linked with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, glaucoma, psoriasis, depression, and early menopause. It was also found that undergoing puberty relatively late was associated with just as much risk for late-life disease as experiencing puberty relatively early. Although this is only one factor with the potential to affect health, women should reveal the timing of puberty with their doctors.

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P.S. Early puberty exerts a wide range of later-life health impacts on men as well as women.