A new study at the University of Iowa reveals the link between food allergies and autism, although many of these questions remain unsolved.
Studies have shown that 11.25% of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are autism defined in a broad sense based on the extended core symptoms of typical autism, including both typical autism and atypical autism. American children, including Asperger’s Syndrome, autism margins, and autism-like symptoms, also suffer from food allergies. This percentage is more than double the number of food allergies that children without ASD have. It is 4.25%).
Bao Wei, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Public Health Institute of the Ministry of Health, is also the author of this research paper. He told Iowa Now: “When a child is just starting to grow and develop, it may manifest itself as an immune disorder, and then the brain’s development and social functions are affected, eventually leading to ASD.”
Researchers analyzed the health information of about 200,000 children aged 3 to 17 years through the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results also show that children with ASD are more susceptible to respiratory tract and skin allergies, which has led to a growing number of studies beginning to explore the link between immune problems and autism.
He said: “There may be a sharing mechanism among them. This sharing mechanism allows different types of allergic diseases to be associated with autism, but we still don’t know how they actually affect each other, nor do we know Not suffering from one of these leads to another, and it is even more unclear which one is the cause and which is the result.” He also indicated that a timetable needs to be established to observe the children’s conditions. important.
In an interview with the American Management Care Magazine, Professor Bao said: “Future research needs to prospectively collect statistics and data on the time of onset of food allergy and autism.”
According to previous studies, if the family has type 1 diabetes/rheumatoid arthritis (mother side) or if the mother’s immune system malfunctions during pregnancy, they are at a higher risk of developing autism.
In recent years, the incidence of allergies and ASD has risen, which has limited research. The results of the study rely on self-reported data, but these data do not provide long-term, accurate data to arrive at conclusive conclusions. In some cases, self-reported data on children with food allergies and ASD may not be reliable because it is difficult to distinguish between allergic reactions and abnormal behavior that may be caused by another factor.
Some medical experts say parents should not overreact to this new study. Scott H. Sicherer, a pediatric allergy specialist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said in an interview with the American Management Care Magazine: “I don’t want people to misunderstand that food allergies can cause autism.”