Maternal obesity, diabetes may increase risk of autism, study finds

In comparison with healthy women, those who were obese or had diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy were 1.61 times more likely to have children with autism and were 2.35 times more likely to have children who were developmentally delayed, a study found. Although pregnant women with type 2 or gestational diabetes were 2.33 times as likely to have children with developmental delays, researchers failed to find a statistically significant correlation between diabetes and autism rates. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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