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Individuals with autism are at a higher associated risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases
  1. Joe Davis
  1. Department of Midwifery and CPD, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joe Davis, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK; joseph.davis2{at}

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Commentary on: Dhanasekara CS, Ancona D, Cortes L, et al. Association Between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cardiometabolic Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Mar 1;177(3):248–257. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.5629

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinicians should vigilantly monitor individuals with autism for early signs of cardiometabolic disease and their complications.

  • Future inquiry should involve large-scale, prospective, multicentre cohort studies to confirm the association between autism and particularly type 2 diabetes mellitus and the potential factors that may contribute to this association.


Autism spectrum disorders represent a group of neurodevelopmental differences commonly diagnosed in childhood, characterised by impaired communication and social interactions and restricted, repetitive behaviours.1 Autism is associated with multiple medical, neurological and psychiatric comorbidities. These comorbidities often exacerbate …

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