A new study finds supplementing with a Multi Vitamin during pregnancy may lower the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children. However, researchers caution that because the study was not able to establish a cause and effect relationship, further study is needed before changes are made to healthcare practices and policies.
Researchers analyzed data from over 270,000 mother and child pairs living in Sweden. The data was adjusted for some confounding factors in both children and mothers. Three analytical methods were used for this analysis. Women reported their use of Multi Vitamin supplements, folic acid and iron at their first prenatal visit. Cases of ASD were determined from the use of national registers. An inverse association between using a Multi Vitamin and ASD was observed.
There were however several limitations in the study data including the timing and dosages of the supplements and the difficulty in assessing type. The results do press for further study.
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