Puberty

Definition of Puberty:

The physical changes that occur when a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction.  Initiated by hormonal changes that stimulate growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sexual organs.  Age at puberty onset is determined by gender, genetics, nutrition, race, social circumstances.  For girls it now starts at around age 10-11, and for boys around 12-13.

Topics Related to Puberty

Acute, Intermittent Porphyria

...the condition
“...The disorder is expressed clinically after puberty and more commonly in women than in men...”

Amenorrhea

...the condition
“...Primary amenorrhea occurs when menstruation fails to start puberty; secondary amenorrhea is due to some physical cause and usually occurs after normal periods have begun but become increasingly irregular or absent...”
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Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...the condition
“...Common causes are ... Severe trauma or emotional shock during puberty or pre-puberty...”

Breast Cancer

...the condition
“...239-44)] The findings from a Danish study of more than 117,000 women found that girls who were overweight at puberty had a lower risk of breast cancer...”

Cervical Dysplasia

...the condition
“...Cervical dysplasia is considered to be a pre-cancerous condition, can occur at any age from puberty onward, and is usually found in women between the ages of 25 and 35...”

DHEA Elevated

...our question about Early or late puberty onset (female)
“Girls with premature puberty have been found to have elevated levels of DHEA-S...”

Elevated Insulin Levels

...our question about Early or late puberty onset (female)
“Girls with premature puberty have been found to have elevated insulin and DHEA-S levels...”

Fluoride Toxicity

...the condition
“...in testosterone/spermatogenesis, altered vas deferens/testicular growth, decreased dental arch, dental crowding, delayed tooth eruption, diabetes insipidus, diarrhea, Down syndrome, early onset of puberty, eosinophilia, eye/ear/nose disorders, fever, gastro-intestinal disturbances, gingivitis, heart disorders, hypertension, hypoplasia, hypothyroidism/thyroid cancer, kidney dysfunction,...”

Gonads

...related topic
“...These hormones amplify sexual characteristics that are dormant before puberty...”

Irregular Periods

...the condition
“...Incidence; Causes and Development: Irregular periods are common – and normal – during puberty and just before menopause...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...the condition
“...In the 60% of SLE patients who experience onset between puberty and the fourth decade of life, the female to male ratio is 9:1...”

Male Breast Cancer

...the condition
“...Excess estrogen, especially around the time of puberty, has been identified as a possible factor...”
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Melatonin

...as a treatment
“...At puberty, there is a temporary decline, which signals the pituitary to release the sex stimulating hormones...”

Menarche

...related topic
“...Also called adolescence or puberty, it is mirrored in reverse at the end of the reproductive years as menopause...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...our question about Early or late puberty onset (female)
“...When girls with premature pubarche have been followed throughout the rest of puberty they have been found to develop excess testosterone production and irregular periods consistent with PCOS...”

Test Estrogen Level

...as a treatment
“...In girls or women, these conditions might include early or delayed puberty, excessive menstrual bleeding, or lack of menstrual bleeding (amenorrhea)...”

Test Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

...as a treatment
“...Concentrations are normally high in children; after puberty, SHBG levels decrease more rapidly in males than in females...”

Testosterone

...as a treatment
“...of linear growth and bone maturation; and virilizing effects such as maturation of the sex organs, particularly the penis and the formation of the scrotum in fetuses, and after birth (usually at puberty) a deepening of the voice, growth of the beard and axillary hair...”
...related topic
“The principal male sex hormone that induces and maintains the changes that take place in males at puberty...”

Thymus

...related topic
“This soft, pinkish-gray gland is tucked behind the sternum between the lungs, shrinks as we come to puberty, and may even atrophy later on...”

Turner's Syndrome

...the condition
“Turner's Syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder of females (some 1 in 2,500) characterized by short stature and the lack of sexual development at puberty...”

Vegetarian Diet Consequences

...the condition
“...As young children, vegetarians may grow more gradually, reach puberty somewhat later, and live substantially longer than do meat-eaters...”
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