JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Women who become mothers while in their teens have a greater risk of heart disease and blood vessels in the future, according to a recent study.
The findings suggest that women who gave birth at the age of less than 20 years were significantly higher in the "Framingham Risk Score" measure used to predict cardiovascular risk 10 years later.
Conversely, women who gave birth there were older ages, had lower average risk scores. The lowest cardiovascular risk, in women who have never given birth.
"Women who become mothers in their teens may need to be more careful about lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including maintaining a healthy weight and adequate physical activity," according to lead author Catherine Pirkle, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii , as quoted from The Indian Express.
According to Catherine, doctors may need to pay more attention to female reproductive characteristics and more intensive cardiovascular disease screening may be needed for women reporting early childbirth.
This research is contained in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The team studied 1,047 women aged between 65 and 74 who came from Canada, Albania, Colombia and Brazil.
However, these findings should be confirmed because the study relied on reports from birth history that could be affected by memory loss in older populations, even though participants had been declared free of dementia.
In addition, many young mothers from poor countries may not survive until the age of 64-75 years represented in this study, which limits the strength of the outcome.
"If adolescent deliveries increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, our findings reinforce the need to ensure that girls and adolescents have sufficient sexual education and access to contraception to avoid early childbirth," Pirkle said.