Wednesday, April 18, 2012
LIVELINES: WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE
New statistics recently revealed there are more children living with autism in the U-S than researchers thought. While some of that spike may be due to better methods for detecting the disorder, now a new study suggests one of those factors could be a mother's weight during pregnancy.
Dr. Kirk Brody was our guest this morning. He explained that researchers say conditions that cause a spike in insulin can starve a mothers tissues of oxygen lowering the oxygen supply to their unborn child and potentially affecting its brain development.
Here is a closer look at the study
-one thousand mothers and their children surveyed
-finds women who are obese during pregnancy are sixty percent more likely to have a child with autism
- two times more likely to have a child with a developmental delay.