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Type 1 Diabetes in Mother Linked to Autism Risk in Child

Date Published: 
July 18, 2018

A new study has linked Type 1 diabetes in pregnant women to a higher risk of autism in their babies, compared to expectant mothers who did not have diabetes.1 Previous studies have found a higher autism risk in children born to women who had Type 2  and earlier-onset gestational diabetes while pregnant with them. Type 1 diabetes has been known as juvenile, or insulin-dependent, diabetes in the past; people with it produce little or no insulin on their own.

The research was conducted by a team led by Anny H. Xiang, PhD, at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Her previous research on autism and diabetes was highlighted in the Interactive Autism Network in Mothers' Diabetes Linked to Risk of Autism.