How Does Autism Affect the Body?

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Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh explains in Huffpost Healthy Living that autism links to a number of afflictions affecting the body including epilepsy, sleep disorders, movement problems and psychiatric disorders. Vahabzadeh also refers to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that explains that children diagnosed with autism have a greater risk of frequent diarrhea or episodes of colitis.

Dr. Vahabzadeh further explains that research groups study the abnormal changes in the gastrointestinal system of people with autism. They look at the nerves that supply the bowel and other intestinal organs and the permeability of the intestinal wall. The CDC study also found that people with autism have a greater chance of asthma and respiratory or skin allergies.

In his own work, Dr. Vahabzadeh has discovered that children with autism commonly have constipation, diarrhea, colitis and food intolerances. He also explains that immune-related conditions may have a connection to autism with conditions like autoimmune thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and Type 1 diabetes mellitus common in family members of people with autism. The connection with autism to other medical conditions may give doctors a better way to treat autism by integrating this treatment with other medical interventions.