Autism linked to maternal lack of iron

September 23, 2014 9:21 AM

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A new study has found that mothers of children who have autism are less likely to have taken iron supplements before and during pregnancies than those whose children do not.

Research from the University of California Davis Health System MIND Institute found that low iron intake was associated with a five times higher risk of autism in the child if the mother was 35 or older when she gave birth, or if she had a metabolic condition like diabetes or obesity hypertension.

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