Polycystic ovary syndrome is linked to autism in offspring

Cambridge University Autism Research Centre has found that compared to women who do not have polycystic ovary syndrome, women who do have this have about double the risk of having a child with autism.  The risk was slightly higher in male children compared to female children.

Cherskov A et al. Polycystic ovary syndrome and autism: At test of the prenatal sex steroid theory. Transl Psychiatry. Aug 1 2018. doi:10.1038/s41398-018-01867.

2 thoughts on “Polycystic ovary syndrome is linked to autism in offspring”

  1. Now that IS interesting. I’ve suspected for a while that there is some metabolic process underpinning all diseases and conditions which have become more common since low fat diets were invented, probably centred on the glucose-insulin axis. Here’s another one, PCOS is a symptom of insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia and usually responds to a low carb diet.

    I’m a bit “on the spectrum” and though my mother didn’t have PCOS she did have a large single ovarian cyst. Mostly only males on that side of the family have the diabetes/premature death from CVD, females live into their late eighties or beyond though some develop hypertension and high “cholesterol”, sort of minor markers for IR. I believe one of her cousins had a grandson who is autistic. I’d assumed most of my damage both physical and “mental” came from being alternately flooded with glucose, then insulin, then cortisol etc. since early childhood. If I’d known then what I know now . . .


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