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Diabetes in Pregnancy may Increase Risk of Autism

A recent study, aimed at knowing what factors during pregnancy could affect the risk of autism in children, has shown that diabetes, obesity, and fever could play a crucial and influential role in such occurrence.

The research, including the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) project, discovered that expectant women suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are associated with autism in children.

Apparently, the diagnoses for autism are on the rise; however, the cause of the condition remains unknown — notwithstanding the results of some studies that have highlighted maternal factors that contribute to some children developing the disorder.

According to the CHARGE study, although there was no identified link between autism and the flu during any trimester of pregnancy, “the mothers of children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder were nearly twice more likely to report having a fever during pregnancy than mothers of kids without autism.”

A further study concluded that children of mothers with type 2 and gestational diabetes, chronic hypertension, and pre-pregnancy obesity are more likely to have a disorder in neural development.

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