Study backs vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy

Australian researchers say vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy could play a role in the development of autism traits.

The research from the University of Queensland provides further evidence linking low vitamin D to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Data from 4200 blood samples from women and children showed that pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks’ gestation were more likely to have a child with autistic traits by the age of six.

The association between developmental vitamin D deficiency and autism-related traits may have important implications from a public health perspective.

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