What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder is a scope of complex neurodevelopment issue conditions, exhibited by social and communication challenges, as well as confined, repetitious behavioural patterns.

Spectrum disorders are those in which various symptoms, skills and degrees of impairment or disability are present. The spectrum ranges from mild impairment on one end and severe impairment on the others. People exhibiting symptoms of the disorder can fit anywhere on the spectrum.

Those with autism spectrum disorder differ from others regarding how they communicate, interact, behave, and learn. ASD shows up in all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups. The proportion of children with autism grows every year. Males with autism outnumber females by 4 to 1.

ASD’s characteristics include:



Managing autism through nutrition

Earlier this year, an American dietician published an article in Today’s Dietician outlining the role nutrition can play in managing symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Nutrition, Metabolism, and Autism

Last year, researchers at Arizona State University published a study in Nutrition & Metabolism, examining the relationship between the nutritional and metabolic status of children with autism and the severity of their conditions. The researchers compared their findings with a group of healthy children of similar age and gender.

The study illustrated that children with autism have many abnormalities in their nutritional and metabolic status:

[V]ariations in the severity of autism are strongly associated with the nutritional and metabolic biomarkers investigated in this study.


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