Mother's Iron Intake Before, During, After Pregnancy Related To Chance Of Autism Development

September 23, 2014 1:53 AM

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Mother's Iron Intake Before, During, After Pregnancy Related To Chance Of Autism Development

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, say the amount of iron taken by pregnant women could be linked to the likelihood of a child developing autism. The research published Monday in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated low iron intake was associated with a five-fold greater risk of autism in mothers 35 and older or suffering from metabolic conditions like obesity hypertension or diabetes.

"The risk associated with low maternal iron intake was much greater when the mother was also older and had metabolic conditions during her pregnancy," Rebecca J. Schmidt, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and a researcher affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute, sai...

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