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Can my diet affect puberty?

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YES IT CAN: And usually does! eat healthy, frequently, small amounts at a time of all the good nutritional fruits, vegetables, low fat protein sources, good fats and fiber! drink water, avoid sugars and junk food and exercise. It will all work out in the long run!

Answered 9/30/2020

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Yes!: If you run a caloric deficit because of inadequate calorie intake, eating disorder, or over exercising, you will delay puberty, and if in puberty, stop having menstrual cycles. If this happens, other serious problems can occur. Then you can develop the athletic ammenorheic triad, including osteoporosis. Athletes in gymnastics are particularly prone to this: combined emphasis on weight and exercise.

Answered 11/26/2013

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