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Theories About the Causes and Risk Factors of Autism

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Theories About the Causes and Risk Factors of Autism

In the past publication titled Characteristic Symptoms of Autism, we mentioned some warning signs related to the condition. This time, we will be sharing some theories that discuss possible causes and risk factors of autism. It’s important to remember that whenever you have any doubts, you should consult healthcare professionals who will address your needs on an individual basis.

Evidence-Based Perspectives:
  • Genetics and Autism: Genetics play a crucial role in autism. According to recent studies, certain genetic variants can increase the risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 
    Source: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides detailed information on the relationship between genetics and autism (CDC Genetics and Autism). 


  • Environmental Factors: Some research suggests that certain environmental factors, such as exposure to toxins during pregnancy, can influence the development of autism. 
    Source: Autism Speaks provides an analysis of how environmental factors can affect the risk of autism (Autism Speaks Environmental Factors). 


  • Parental Age: Advanced parental age, especially for fathers, has been associated with a higher risk of autism in some studies. Source: The scientific journal ‘Nature’ published an article on this topic, providing evidence and analysis (Nature Parental Age). 


  • Pregnancy Complications: Complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and low birth weight have been linked to an increased risk of autism. Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) offers relevant studies on this aspect (JAMA Pregnancy Complications).” 
Debunking Common Myths

It is crucial to address and debunk common myths about the causes of autism, such as the discredited theory linking vaccines to ASD. Extensive studies have shown that no such connection exists, and perpetuating these myths only contributes to misinformation and stigma.

Resources for More Information

For those seeking detailed and updated information, we recommend visiting the Autism Speaks website on Causes and Risk Factors (https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-causes-autism). This resource provides a comprehensive overview of current research on the causes and risk factors of autism. 

Understanding the causes and risk factors of autism is an ever-evolving field, with ongoing research shedding light on this complex condition. While science seeks definitive answers, it is important to base our understanding and discussion of TEA on facts and updated evidence. 

It is fundamental to highlight that the causes of autism are complex and multifactorial. At Divershines, we aim to provide information based on reliable and professional sources. Each person on the spectrum is different, so it is necessary to have a team of healthcare professionals for specific and personalized advice. For more information and resources on autism, visit other sections within our Divershines website. 

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