Leg Length and Age of Puberty Among Men and Women from a Developing Population: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study

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  • CM Schooling
  • CQ Jiang
  • TH Lam
  • WS Zhang
  • GM Leung


Objectives: Leg length and relative leg length are considered to be reliable markers of prepubertal living conditions. Cessation of leg growth, driven by estrogen, occurs earlier in puberty in girls than boys. We hypothesized that leg length and relative leg length, as sitting height to leg ratio, might have sex-specific associations with age of puberty. Methods: We used multivariable linear regression in 10,046 older (>= 50 years) Chinese from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study (Phase 3) to examine the associations of recalled age of puberty (women: age of menarche, and men: mean age of first nocturnal emission, voice breaking, and first pubic hair) with subischeal leg length, sitting height to leg ratio, and sitting height. Results: Leg length and sitting height to leg ratio had different associations with age of puberty in men and women (P-values for interaction


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-687
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010