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Obese Mothers Have Children with Autism


Obese Mothers Have Children with Autism

(ePharmaNews) - A recent study suggests that obesity during pregnancy may increase chances for having a child with autism. It also linked mother metabolic diseases (such as diabetes) and increased risk of giving birth to a child with developmental neurological disorders, such as autism.

In the study, published on the 9th of April in Pediatrics journal, the researchers found that women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children. They also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.
A huge recent study has noted the alarming rise in the incidence of autism in the United States of America, women face a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism; the results suggest that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance,  
Since more than one-third of U.S. women of child-bearing age are obese, the results are potentially worrisome and add yet another incentive for maintaining a normal weight, said researcher Paula Krakowiak, a study co-author
The study involved about 1,000 California children, ages 2 to 5. Nearly 700 had autism or other developmental delays, and 315 did not have those problems. The information had been collected through questions and available medical records about their conditions through pregnancy.
The study results concluded that the symptoms of autism were more severe in children whose mothers have diabetes.
The recent studies confirm that genetics is linked to autism, so the researchers think that obesity during pregnancy is just a risk factor and scientists are examining whether mothers' illnesses and use of certain medicines during pregnancy might also play a role.
The study lacks information on blood tests during pregnancy. There's also no information on women's diets and other habits during pregnancy that might influence fetal development.

It is not clear how mothers' obesity might affect fetal development, but the authors offer some theories, which need further studies to confirm.
“Obesity, generally about 35 pounds overweight, is linked with inflammation and sometimes elevated levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar and inflammation-related substances in a mother's blood may reach the fetus and damage the developing brain” the study led author said.


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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro


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