Iron defenciency during pregnancy linked with autism

September 22, 2014 7:20 PM

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Iron defenciency during pregnancy linked with autism

"The association between lower maternal iron intake and increased ASD risk was strongest during breastfeeding, after adjustment for folic acid intake," explained Rebecca J. Schmidt.

The study, which was carried out by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute, found that correlation between low iron intake and autism was strongest -- a five-fold risk increase -- for mothers aged 35 or older at the time of their pregnancy who were either obese or diabetic.

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