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.