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Study Finds Link Between Autism and Lack Of Vitamin D

Research has revealed that women who lack vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with autism.

A Queensland study analysed blood from pregnant women and their offspring, concluding that those with vitamin D deficiencies scored “significantly” higher on the autism scale than those who’s levels of vitamin D were at a normal level.

The research concluded upping vitamin D level could reduce the incidence of autism, but QBI researcher and study leader Professor John McGrath said opting for supplements rather than increased sun exposure is safer.

“Just as taking folate in pregnancy has reduced the incidence of spina bifida, the result of this study suggests that prenatal vitamin D supplements may reduce the incidence of autism,” he said.

Professor Andrew Whitehouse from the Telethon Kids Institute said the study should be greeted with caution.

“This study gives us an inkling of one of these possible mechanisms but I think before we think about anything else, and that includes treatment studies, we need to see this finding replicated,” he told news.com.au. 

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