Researchers found that the risk of autism increased by nearly 70 percent when moms were obese during their pregnancies, while the risk of a having a baby with some other neurodevelopmental disorder doubled, according to the study published early online Monday in Pediatrics. research in San Diego suggests that women who have diabetes, hypertension, or who are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have children with autism. According to Irva Hertz- Picciotto, PhD, an autism researcher at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, “For mothers with at least one of these conditions, there was a 60% increased risk for autism in the offspring…”
Approximately 1 in 110 U.S children have autism spectrum disorder. Researchers found that mothers of children with autism were 60% more likely to have one of the three previously mentioned conditions (obesity, diabetes, or hypertension).
researchers speculated that a metabolic disruption such as an inflammatory pathway might be linking these conditions (autism spectrum disorder or ASD.) Experts who attended the conference such as Alycia Halladay, PhD, a researcher for Autism Speaks, suggest that the best advice for women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese before pregnancy is to see a high-risk obstetrician.
On average, 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, the authors said.
Autism refers to a range of related developmental disorders thatstart in childhood and affect the person for their whole life. Symptoms can be split into three broad groups:1) Problems with social interaction2) Impaired language and communication skills3) Unusual patterns of thought and behavior People with autism may also be over or under-sensitive to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light or color. Symptoms can range from mild to severe but all can cause anxiety. While some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, others may need a lifetime of specialist support. There is no cure but there are a number of treatments to help autistic people better cope with the world around them. Around one in 100 children in the UK have autism spectrum disorder. It is three times more common among boys than girls.