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Photographs Capture Social, Biological Facets of Menstruation

However, there are photographs also on communities celebrating the first menstrual cycles and women gaining tax exemption on sanitary napkins

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Earlier onset of menses (14 y) was associated with diabetes in later life, likely driven by adult BMI (body mass index). Pixabay

Hard-hitting photographs by lensman Niraj Gera on menstrual hygiene and the associated social stigma are on view at the Lalit Kala Akademi here.

Gera, who had previously done a photographic series called “Sacred Transformations” on acid attack survivors, is now exhibiting another 35-photo series ‘Sacred Stains’ that touches upon various aspects of menstruation.

The photographs showcase the sorrows, problems,and joys related to periods and are a voice of women who lack privacy, safety and dignity they deserve during their periods.

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Menstruation should not be considered shameful but should be celebrated. Flickr

Highlights of the exhibition include photographs showing unsafe methods of absorbing menstrual blood — ash, sawdust, leaves and even sand, and how women juggle an often painful biological process along with battling shame around blood stains and buying sanitary products.

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However, there are photographs also on communities celebrating the first menstrual cycles and women gaining tax exemption on sanitary napkins.

The exhibition concludes Sunday. (IANS)

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Early Onset of Menstruation Associated with Higher Risk of Diabetes

This new study, analysing more than 15,000 postmenopausal women in China, has found that women who begin menstruating at an earlier age have a higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes

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According to the researchers, these novel findings may provide the basis for new therapies for patients who have heart disease complicated by diabetes. Pixabay

Early onset of menstruation is associated with a higher risk of Type-2 diabetes, but body mass index (BMI) may mediate this link, says a study.

Each year of delay in menarche age correlated with a six per cent lower risk of Type-2 diabetes, said the study published in the journal Menopause.

“Earlier onset of menses (14 y) was associated with diabetes in later life, likely driven by adult BMI (body mass index),” said Stephanie Faubion, Medical Director, North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

“Other factors such as nutrition and BMI in childhood may also play a role in this association,” Faubion added.

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Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women and claims 2.1 million female lives every year, more so than men. Pixabay

Type-2 diabetes mellitus has become one of the most common diseases worldwide. In 2015, it affected nearly 8.8 per cent of people aged 20 to 79 globally, and by 2040, it is expected to affect 10.4 per cent.

With so many people affected, it is not surprising how much research has been devoted to identifying determinants of the disease in order to prevent its development. Various lifestyle and environmental factors have already been confirmed, but there is also growing evidence pointing to some physiologic factors.

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This new study, analysing more than 15,000 postmenopausal women in China, has found that women who begin menstruating at an earlier age have a higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. (IANS)