Study Finds Diabetes In Moms May Be Linked To Autism In Children!
A new study from Kaiser Permanente Southern California has found a link between three different types of diabetes in pregnancy and a higher risk of autism in kids. Researchers looked at over 400,000 kids born at 28 to 44 weeks between 1995 and 2012 and followed them using electronic health records from a year old for an average of 6.9 years.
Children in the study were exposed to three different types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Researchers found the risk of autism was higher in kids born to moms with one of these three main types of diabetes that complicate pregnancy, compared to babies born to moms without diabetes. The only exception was children born to mothers with gestational diabetes that wasn’t diagnosed until after 26 weeks in the pregnancy, who weren’t found to be at higher risk for autism.
Of course, this was an observational study, so the findings don’t show cause and effect. And researchers point out that they can’t control for all the natural factors that could explain the study findings. And autism risk factors related to the dads weren’t part of the study either.