02 Apr '12, 3pm

What is Causing Early Puberty In Girls?

What is Causing Early Puberty In Girls?

As Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, explains, fatter girls have higher levels of the hormone leptin, which can lead to early puberty, which leads to higher estrogen levels, which leads to greater insulin resistance, causing girls to have yet more fat tissue, more leptin and more estrogen, the cycle feeding on itself, until their bodies physically mature.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/what-causing-early-puber...

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