Breastfeeding acts to prevent Autism.

breastfeedingDr.Steinman, a New York based physician has released an article in Medical Hypotheses on the 20th of September which strongly correlates breastfeeding to being a deterrent to .

The , based on an analysis of findings in prior published studies, has correlated low levels of a called -like growth factor (IGF) with an increased rate of .

Breastfeeding is an abundant source of the , and it is speculated that breastfeeding compensates for any inborn deficiency of the growth factor in , acting as an deterrant, with an increased duration of breastfeeding associated with a decreased incidence of .

“By assessing our own , along with dozens of other relevant studies, there is a strong case to be made that IGF — known to be deeply involved in the normal of — also serves a biomarker for ,” said Dr. Steinman.

“This leads to two conclusions. First, we need to more deeply assess this by conducting umbilical cord blood tests that measure neonatal levels of this growth factor, and then match those results against future occurrence in the maturing child. Second, those who embrace the that IGF is indeed an biomarker should advocate and encourage breastfeeding as a highly accessible means of supplementing an infant’s natural levels of the .”

takes a huge human toll, not to mention its substantial economic impact on families,” said Dr. Steinman. “These findings send a powerful message to the community. Our is consistently indicating a connection between IGF and . The medical community needs to vigorously investigate this ostensible connection and validate it once and for all. As we all know full well, the world would reap untold benefits by finding ways to detect, treat and ultimately prevent this disease.”


Gary Steinman, David Mankuta. Breastfeeding as a possible deterrent to – A clinical perspective. Medical Hypotheses, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.09.013

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