Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Precocious Puberty - Dietary Causes

Precocious Puberty
I. Precocious Puberty refers to the sexual and physical characteristics mature occurring at an unusually early age such as before age 7 or 8 in girls and age 9 for boys.

Understand the process of puberty
The process of puberty begins with production of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) from the brain, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland to produce the luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These two hormones again stimulates the ovaries in girls and testicles in boys to produce estrogen and testosterone responsible for the growth and development of girl and male sexual characteristics respectfully.
B. Dietary Causes of Precocious Puberty
1. Saturated and trans fat
Intake of high amount of saturated and trans fat as a result of typical American diet can cause fat build up in the waist area, leading to the estrogen effects of precocious puberty.

2. Increases intake with foods with high in estrogen
Most foods such as beef, pork, chicken, egg, diary, etc. contains high levels of growth hormones which have serious estrogenic effects in promoting the early puberty in girls and boys.

3. Insufficient dietary fiber
Typical American diet causes less estrogen to be eliminated through waste and high levels of insulin in the body, leading to more fat to be stored, causing high levels of estrogen that can lead to early puberty.

4. Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrate
Diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrate over the prolonged period of time can reduce the function of pancreas in production of insulin, leading to the onset of diabetes, causing high levels of estrogen that can lead to precocious puberty.

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