The study, published in the journal Hypertension Research, analyzed survey data of 7,893 Chinese women from the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. The survey included information about biological, demographic and lifestyle factors that may contribute to high blood pressure.
Shen says the link may be explained by the rate our body systems develop, according to UGA Today. When one system develops early or experiences a delay that can have an impact on other body systems.
“Women with early menarche may have less than optimal developed cardiovascular system, therefore, had higher risk for adverse outcomes, such as hypertension in late adulthood,” Shen said. “So, the association of early menarche with hypertension is as expected in this population.”
Shen also said the biological mechanisms underlying the association of early menarche and hypertension could be alleviated by healthy living and good health care.
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Shen’s co-authors were Li Wang with Shanghai Baoshan Luo Dian Hospital; Ying Hu with West China Second Hospital; Tingting Liu with the University of Arkansas; Jinzhen Guo with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and Ye Shen, Ruiyuan Zhang, Toni Miles and Changwei Li with the University of Georgia College of Public Health.
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