Autism risk higher in kids born to parents who opt for late pregnancy | Health - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Autism risk higher in kids born to parents who opt for late pregnancy

ByIANS, London
Oct 05, 2016 12:27 PM IST

The risk of autism is higher in kids who are born of a late pregnancy, says a new study. Marry early?

According to a new study, late pregnancies could lead to greater risk of autism in kids. The study, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, suggested that late reproduction was not associated with increased risk for schizophrenia in offspring.

Autism risks are higher in kids born to parents who opt for having children late in life.(Shutterstock)
Autism risks are higher in kids born to parents who opt for having children late in life.(Shutterstock)

The authors used a sample of about 1.7 million people out of which approximately 6.5 per cent were diagnosed with autistic or schizophrenic disorders during this time.

Their data included autistic and schizophrenic diagnoses for up to 30 years of age and over 20 potentially confounding medical and socio-economic factors.

Above-average paternal and maternal ages were associated with increased risk of most autistic disorders in offspring and this effect was magnified in offspring of very old fathers.

However, advanced maternal and paternal ages were not associated with higher risk of any schizophrenic disorder. In contrast, children of young parents had reduced risks of autism and only children of very young mothers had increased risks of schizophrenia.

More dissimilarly aged parents meant enhanced risk for both autistic and schizophrenic disorders in offspring compared to parents with similar ages at childbirth, but only up to a certain point where risks levelled out.

“The magnitude of these increases and decreases in statistical risk need to be scaled against the fortunately rather modest absolute risks of being diagnosed with a mental disorder,” said Sean Byars, researcher at the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution, in Denmark.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!.

Catch your daily dose of Fashion, Taylor Swift, Health, Festivals, Travel, Relationship, Recipe and all the other Latest Lifestyle News on Hindustan Times Website and APPs.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On