Protein & Puberty

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

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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 (five to six 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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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

What’s the big deal about what kids eat? Well for one thing, the type of protein children eat, particularly at preschool age (five to six 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.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Herald Post via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

For more on animal protein and health during adolescence, check out these videos:
Saving Lives By Treating Acne With Diet
Protein, Puberty, and Pollutants
Formula for Childhood Obesity

And check out my other videos on puberty

Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Eating To Extend Our LifespanWhy Are Children Starting Puberty Earlier? and Cow’s Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and Autism.

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  1. What do you think about this comment on Facebook?

    “Only time a vegan or vegetarian diet is at all beneficial is when you compare it to people that eat like shit and even then you are still risking you’re health for no reason… Vegan = gullible idiot”




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    1. have you actually met anyone who grew up raw/vegan and whose health is approved by their doctor? someone in obyious perfect health?




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    2. There’s no health risk in veganism unless you eat loads of sugar etc like any other diet. All groups of people living the longest lives avoid meat so that makes them healthier than trim meat eaters. Cholesterol is the biggest clue there.
      Sinyx where’d you get your ideas from? If it was advertising then you are the gullible idiot.




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  2. My son is 12yr 10mos and is only 4’9 but weighs 125. At his last phyiscal for football the dr said no signs of puberty and that his max height at this rate was 5’11 which was down from his projected height of 6’1 they year prior. Since he was 5 he has played basketball & football and loves both sports however this year was the beginning of school ball. He made both teams but his size is hurting him bad. Is there anything you would suggest we do at this point besides wait it out? It is starting to have an impact on his psyche so any safe suggestions would be welcomed.




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    1. well, i know a kid who was chubby little and thinned out after puberty. but if he watches what TYPE of protein he consumes, then he will probably develop more muscle weight and less weight from chub.




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