Obesity, Diabetes In Pregnancy May Be Associated With Autism Risk

According to Reuters (1/29, Rapaport), a study published online Jan. 29 in Pediatrics reveals that women who are obese while pregnant may have nearly double the likelihood of giving birth to a child with autism. When expectant mothers are both obese and diabetic, the risk for autism in their offspring may be quadrupled. Researchers arrived at these conclusions after examining data on some 2,734 pairs of mothers and babies tracked between 1998 and 2014.

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— “Maternal obesity, diabetes tied to increased autism risk in kids,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, January 29, 2016.

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