10 May '11, 2am

Are Babies Conceived in Winter at a Greater Risk for Autism?

Are Babies Conceived in Winter at a Greater Risk for Autism?

It may not be as mad as it sounds. It was recently discovered that autism has a much higher prevalence among the children of Somali women living in Sweden, than of other groups in the same country. Right now some researchers are investigating the idea that it may have to do with vitamin D deficiency - people with dark complexion find it hard to get enough vitamin D from sun exposure in northern countries, and most Somali women in Sweden also wear all-covering clothes. If this turns out to be a factor, then babies conceived in winter may be exposed to the same risk, since it has been found that most people are mildly (or severely) vitamin D deficient in the winter and early spring in Sweden. The sun is the main source of vitamin D (you would have to drink 20 litres of fortified milk, or have salmon for breakfast, lunch and dinner in order to get enough through diet), and up...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/are-babies...

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