Study Ties Autism to Maternal High Blood Pressure, Diabetes

Study Ties Autism to Maternal High Blood Pressure, Diabetes

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant are at an increased risk of autism, two new studies suggest. Autism has previously been linked to type 2 diabetes and to gestational diabetes—a temporary condition in which a woman develops diabetes during the course of her pregnancy. One of the new studies confirms these risks and extends the link to type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, the most severe form of the condition. Children born to women with this form have about twice the risk of autism as those born to women who do not have any...

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