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Low Iron, Autism Link Is Found in Study of Pregnant Women

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 08:41 AM

Autism rates were linked with low iron intake in pregnant mothers in a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

According to CBS News, mothers over 35 with low iron intake had five times greater risk of having a child with autism. Metabolic conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are were also correlated with increased risk.

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"While the study needs to be replicated, it reinforces the current practice of taking the recommended dose of pregnancy vitamins and folic acid when pregnant," said Rebecca Schmidt, the lead author of the study, which was published Monday in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate, a relatively absorbable type of iron.

"Iron deficiency is pretty common, and even more common among women with metabolic conditions."

The research findings seem to align with established medical knowledge about development and iron. Children who fall on the autism spectrum often have low levels of iron. Early brain development depends on iron to a large degree, as it aids in the creation of neurotransmitters, myelination (nerve-cell sheathing), and immune function.

"The association between lower maternal iron intake and increased ASD risk was strongest during breastfeeding, after adjustment for folic acid intake," Schmidt said in a news release about the study.

"The takeaway message for women is do what your doctor recommends. Take vitamins throughout pregnancy, and take the recommended daily dosage. If there are side effects, talk to your doctor about how to address them."

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