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Protein & Puberty

The type of protein young children eat at a critical age may affect when they start puberty.

November 22, 2010 |
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What’s the big deal about what kids eat? Well for one thing, the type of protein children eat, particularly at preschool age—5-6 years old, the critical window—appears to determine when they start puberty. Kids eating lots of animal protein at that age—meat, eggs, and dairy—prematurely start puberty a year earlier than those eating lots of plant protein. An entire year earlier.
Why do we care? Cancer and mortality. Earlier puberty means, on average, a shorter lifespan.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on puberty. Also, there are 1,686 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Cow's Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and AutismEating To Extend Our Lifespan, and Why Are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on puberty. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also be sure to check out my associated blog post Cow’s Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and Autism!