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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Maternal Obesity: Autism Causes?

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More specifically, the researchers studied relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders and found that

…mothers who were obese were 67 percent more likely to have a child with ASD than normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension, and were more than twice as likely to have a child with another developmental disorder.

Mothers with diabetes were found to have nearly 67 percent more likely to have a child with developmental delays as healthy mothers. However, the proportion of mothers with diabetes who had a child with ASD was higher than in healthy moms but did not reach statistical significance.

The researchers also found  that  over 20 percent of the mothers of children with ASD or developmental delay were obese, versus 14 percent of the mothers of typically developing children.

Obesity itself increases the risk of diabetes and hypertension; the study suggests that the health issues in mothers can contribute to children being themselves at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Or might it be possible that the study’s authors found that higher numbers of mothers of children with an ASD are obese because there are simply more people who are obese today?

My husband and I have been more inclined to consider our two families’ medical histories (which include ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder) in light of Charlie being autistic; we see aspects of these, and of ourselves, in him. However Charlie came to be Charlie, we love and learn from him always for being the unique individuals — the very special boy — that he is.

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4:14AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

.Ukraine does not use corn syrup, high fructose, but the number of children with autism is increasing. I think that the modern technological environment, urbanization of society is increasingly contributing to the spread of this diagnosis

5:01PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Petition to global corporate food manufacturer, Rich's Foods to remove HFCS/GMOs from their foods!

1:25AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Maybe Chinese medicine is right in claiming that pregnant women shouldn't eat fruit?

10:52AM PDT on May 2, 2012

Hahaha... almost as bad as the refrigerator moms. When will they stop with such silly ideas about causes...

1:15PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Thanks for the info!

5:58PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

2:23PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

well written admitting that the relationship between more obese moms with ASD child may just be because more moms and people in general are obese today in the US

12:18PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

I no longer put much stock in these studies. Every time they suck you in they'[re proven wrong later.

7:17PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

THE STUFF IS SO BAD,High Fructose Corn Syrup is banned in Europe as part of a long list of genetically modified foods made in the U.S.

Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket, is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country with 25 stores across the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. Headquartered in Fletcher, North Carolina, Earth Fare leads the natural and organic food industry as one of the only supermarket retailers in the country to ban high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, as well as antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meats and dairy. Earth Fare has differentiated itself with the strictest ingredient standards in the industry and its commitment to its mission: to feed and inspire the healthy person inside you!

If only was located in my State.

6:25PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


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