Several studies have emphasized the importance of maternal health on the wellness of their newborns. A pre-existing condition of diabetes in women who have conceived, may have long-lasting effects on organ development and function of the foetus. Infants born to women who had diabetes prior to pregnancy and women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), have a high risk of obesity and related metabolic disorders later in life. However, diabetes/GDM and its connection to neurobehavioural developmental disorders in offsprings are not clear yet. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association may throw some light on this.
A retrospective longitudinal cohort study of about 322, 323 children born between 1995-2009 at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) hospitals showed that exposure of the foetus in-utero (intra-uterine) to gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) may be associated with an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
The researchers analyzed data from a…
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