MIREC-ENDO (short for endocrine) focuses on the onset and progression of puberty, metabolic function and growth.

What is important about this study?

Many people believe that puberty is beginning earlier and earlier, especially in girls. Unfortunately, the reason for this trend remains unclear. Some suspect that diet and body weight are factors, while others believe environmental chemicals may play a role.

A better understanding of the timing of puberty is important as the age at which a child begins puberty can impact their physical and mental health later in life.

We also want to learn about the factors that may affect body weight and metabolism for both mothers and their children. Some studies suggest a possible link between environmental chemicals and the likelihood of being overweight. We hope to shed some light on this question as well.

Building on the vast amount of information we’ve already collected, started even before “our” MIREC babies were born, it is now time to expand our knowledge of puberty, growth and metabolic function.