Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism
A new study has looked at a possible link between gestational diabetes and autism. A study was done researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California between the years 1995 and 2009 and the results indicated that for mothers who had developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy saw a significant increase in being diagnosed with autism. The study was published to the April 14, 2015 online edition of JAMA.
The study was led by Dr. Edward Curry and reviewed over 320,000 babies. The study indicated that if the mother had developed gestational diabetes prior to 26 weeks of pregnancy, the risk of the child being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder rose by 63 percent.
The study was a longitudinal association study which means that the research could not figure out an exact cause for the diagnosis of autism. The researchers says that the findings indicate that more importance needs to be placed on early prenatal care. The researchers also surmise that the findings could indicate that a diagnosis of autism is associate with exposure to high blood sugar levels that could affect the development of the brain the fetus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently places the number of children that have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 1 in 68 children. The condition is five times more common in boys than in girls.
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