Moms With Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Kids With Autism

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The three main types of diabetes – type 1, type 2, and gestational, which develops during pregnancy – increase a woman’s risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study published in JAMA.

While earlier studies indicated a link between both type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes occurring before the 26th week of pregnancy with a higher risk of autism, this new observational study, which involved 419,425 children born between 1995 and 2012, suggests this link also extends to women with type 1 diabetes and their offspring.

According to the researchers, maternal diabetes severity, how well the condition is controlled, and whether gestational diabetes develops early or late in the pregnancy are some of the factors that may affect the associated ASD risk.

Sourced from: JAMA