Early Menarche and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus at First Live Birth

Yun Shen, Hui Hu, Brandie D. Taylor, Haidong Kan, Xiaohui Xu

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Objectives: To examine the association between early menarche and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007–2012 were used to investigate the association between age at menarche and the risk of GDM at first birth among 5914 women. A growth mixture model was used to detect distinctive menarche onset patterns based on self-reported age at menarche. Logistic regression models were then used to examine the associations between menarche initiation patterns and GDM after adjusting for sociodemographic factors, family history of diabetes mellitus, lifetime greatest Body Mass Index, smoking status, and physical activity level. Results: Among the 5914 first-time mothers, 3.4 % had self-reported GDM. We detected three groups with heterogeneous menarche onset patterns, the Early, Normal, and Late Menarche Groups. The regression model shows that compared to the Normal Menarche Group, the Early Menarche Group had 1.75 (95 % CI 1.10, 2.79) times the odds of having GDM. No statistically significant difference was observed between the Normal and the Late Menarche Group. Conclusion: This study suggests that early menarche may be a risk factor of GDM. Future studies are warranted to examine and confirm this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-598
Number of pages6
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Menarche

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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