Although the main link to Autism has been shown to be genetic, many factors serve as sources of correlation when it comes to a positive diagnosis. A recent study showed that women who had insufficient levels of vitamin D may have a higher risk of their child developing autism once they are no longer in utero. The women were asked to fill out social responsiveness tests six years later, which is what indicated that their children may or may not be on the spectrum.
- Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, has much more benefits than just keeping the bones and teeth healthy. It can also lower the risk of an unborn child to autism.
- The study involves analyzing the levels of vitamin D in pregnant women and children. The blood samples were taken when the mothers were 21 weeks pregnant and at birth.
- The researchers after analyzing the data found a link between levels of vitamin D in the mother and autism in the children.
“After the children turned six years old, the parents taking part in the study were instructed to fill out a questionnaire called the “Social Responsiveness Scale.” The parents used the questionnaire to determine if their children were exhibiting “autism-related traits.””