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Study indicates autism a risk for chronic disease

It is likely that readers of this blog know someone who has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. While autism in and of itself can result in symptoms that make it difficult for those who have it to function in society, a recent study indicates there are other things these individuals need to be concerned with. The study determined adults living with autism have a greater chance of being diagnosed with certain medical conditions.

The study, involved the review of 23,188 medical records by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California. The individuals’ whose medical records were reviewed were insured by the insurance company over a four year period beginning in 2008. A total of 2,108 individuals whose medical records were reviewed had been diagnosed with autism. Only adults were included in the study.

Based on the review of those medical records conditions those with autism are at a higher risk of getting include, but are not limited to:

  • Obesity
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

They appear to be more prone to nonphysical ailments such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, as well.

Though unproven, it is suggested that difficulties in communication and socializing could contribute to individuals with autism failing to seek preventative care.

Even if someone with autism has not been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as those listed above, it may not be possible for them to work. In these situations it is possible that disability benefits from the Social Security Administration might be sought. If they are not initially granted, it may be beneficial to work with a lawyer.

Source: The Disability Scoop, “Study Finds Adults With Autism More Prone To Chronic Disease,” Michelle Diament, May 14, 2014

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