Does vitamin D affect timing of menarche?
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
© 2013 International Life Sciences Institute
Volume 71, Issue 3, pages 189–193, March 2013
How to Cite
Chew, A. and Harris, S. S. (2013), Does vitamin D affect timing of menarche?. Nutrition Reviews, 71: 189–193. doi: 10.1111/nure.12015
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
- 25-hydroxyvitamin D;
- vitamin D
In a recently published prospective study, Villamor et al. found increased risk of early menarche in vitamin D-deficient girls compared to vitamin D-sufficient girls in Bogota, Columbia. The association was not fully explained by differences in body mass index-for-age z-scores. The mechanism for the association, if real, has not been elucidated, but could potentially involve vitamin D receptor polymorphisms. Early menarche and vitamin D deficiency are both associated with poor health outcomes, and further exploration of their association is important for women's health.