Studies linking Autism to obesity during pregnancy: limited to mothers with autoimmune diseases?

Since Dr. Paula Krakowiak, of University of California, Davis, published an article on a significant link between an obese pregnant mother and an Autistic child, the media is running with this information. However, what the media should also add is that no single factor alone appears to be linked to Autism but a combination of factors such as an older father or mother, new gene mutations , or diabetes which were not present in the grand parents but appear in the parents, accounting for about 70% of Autism Spectrum Disorder cases and of course, the vaccine connection debate, in addition to the Somali cases of Autism in Minnesotta (Vit D rather than obesity perhaps?) are various other factors which together or in combination with unknown environmental factors like herbicides perhaps cause Autism.

A pregnant mother preparing for her baby

Autoimmune disease and Autism: It might be timely to add that Dr Thayne Sweeten and colleagues have found that families with other Autoimmune diseases have higher cases of Autism. They strongly suggest that immune and autoimmune factors might play a role in causing Autism in a child.

Where the obese pregnant mothers diabetic: Now, you might ask: Did the pregnant obese mothers who produced an Autistic child have an autoimmune disease? The answer may very well be yes! If so, you may ask if that disease was Diabetes, becauses it causes a person to be obese. The answer may very well be yes! May be another autoimmune disease too like Rheumatoid Arthritis perhaps.

The reason I request you to ask this question about an autoimmune disease in the pregnant obese mother is because just today Stanford University researchers led by Dr Edgar Engelmann have announced in Nature Medicine that Type 2 – Diabetes is being redefined an autoimmune disease.

Naturally, this changes the direction of Diabetes research to what factor trigger the autoimmune reaction in patients to cause Type 2 – Diabetes. Also, are these the same factors that cause an Autistic child to be produced from an obese pregnant mother?

Thank  you, blogger kristashealthylife for alerting us to the article linking obesity during pregnancy to Autism. It is why I wrote this article.


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9 responses to “Studies linking Autism to obesity during pregnancy: limited to mothers with autoimmune diseases?

  1. Thanks for the article! The scary thing is that many people would go ‘obesity in pregnant women causes autism in the child’… without looking at the whole. Thank you for doing that. (Reminds me a bit of a ‘joke’ – 10 researchers sitting around a table saying, “well, did anyone notice that everyone who had a cold had nasal mucous present? Then it’s obvious, snot in the nose causes a cold!”)

    • Thank you, for encouraging me by appreciating this article. I am glad you agree that with anorexia and manorexia abounding, I am concerned. There are more serious issues with a pregnant mother who is too thin versus one who is obese. A low birth weight baby born to anorexic mothers can have long-term effects. Your phrase or joke reminds us very simply to look at the whole picture. Perhaps, you could spread the word?

      • It would be hard not to appreciate this article, I think it’s brilliant. I do agree with the fact there are greater problems than obesity – and I am VERY concerned by how many professionals seem to confuse symptom with cause, and then go on to make a lot of people feel bad about themselves, or make unhealthy decisions. Clarity is important, and you help with that! Would you mind if I shared your post on my facebook page?

      • It is said that only a brilliant mind can appreciate another. So, lets surround ourselves with brilliant readers. It is so generous of you to suggest sharing it with your personal circle. As a collaborative community we can erradicate Autism, without losing ourselves chasing single factors as causes. Do link your facebook site here to share with all our readers, please.

  2. Very interesting post. I have a 30 year old son with Aspergers and even this many years later, I still wonder what caused him to be on the autism spectrum.
    It did make our life very challenging when he was growing up but I wouldn’t have him any other way.

    • So good to be hearing from a parent of a remarkable son with Aspergers. I can assure you that as a parent you did everything right. There is every indication that a number of factors in the lifestyles of humans in developed countries in recent decades (and developing countries now catching up this decade) are contributing to the Autism Spectrum Dirsorder. Isnt it odd that you probably would not be able to identify a single person from your childhood with ASD and yet, in your son’s school itself there would have been more students with ASD? Doesn’t that begin to show a timeline? I talked to a bunch of grandmothers, one of whose grand daughters has a child with ASD. They said nothing like this existed in their life-time or their children’s lifetime or even their grand daughter’s life-time. It is a recent thing. Well, when three grand mothers observe a timeline, one listens.

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