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Are autism and diabetes linked? New Kaiser study says yes
Los Angeles Daily News

Research conducted using medical records of 322,000 children born at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in Southern California shows that diabetes in early pregnancy will increase a child’s risk for developing autism.

The findings were published in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Children born from mothers who developed gestational diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy were 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism, said Dr. Edward Curry, a pediatrician at Kaiser Fontana, who was the study’s co-author.