Stomach Troubles Not Linked to Autism, Study Finds

Gastrointestinal problems don’t cause the disorder, researcher says.

Children with autismare not at higher risk for certain digestive system problems than those without the neurodevelopmental disorder, a small study suggests.

The researchers focused on gastrointestinal disorders that previous studies suggested might be linked to autism. These include intestinal inflammation; deficiency of the digestive enzyme lactase, associated with lactose intolerance; and increased intestinal permeability, often called “leaky gut.”

The results showed that the children with autism were no more likely to have these conditions than typically developing kids.

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