A new study has revealed that if a pregnant woman suffers from diabetes, her child is at a higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a mental developmental disorder in which a person has a problem in establishing a social dialogue and becomes autism.
For the study, the team examined the data of 40,000 children born between 1995 and 2012 and found that there is a much stronger relationship between the two than imagined.
The authors of the study have found that the risk of ASD is associated with three types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Children of women who develop diabetes before their 3rd trimester are most at risk of developing autism.
The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Autism or autism spectrum disorder is used to define a complex disorder of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviour.
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