Adults With Autism Are Prone to Chronic Diseases

According to, a recent study found that adults with autism are more prone to chronic diseases.

The news source reported that in a review of insurance records, medical and psychiatric issues are much more likely to be found in people with autism rather than people who do not suffer from the developmental disorder.

“Nearly all medical conditions were significantly more common in adults with ASD than controls, including diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, epilepsy, sleep disorders, dyslipidemia, hypertension and obesity,” researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California said in a summary of its findings.

“Rarer conditions, such as eating disorders, mechanical falls, vision and hearing impairments, osteoporosis and chronic heart failure were also significantly more common among adults with ASD than controls,” the researchers said.

The findings came from medical records of 23,188 individuals ages 18 and older, who enrolled in the insurer’s health plans between 2008 and 2012. The researchers assessed the prevalence of psychiatric, behavioral and medical conditions, according to

According to the findings, almost a third of people with autism had obesity or hypertension, conditions that affected less than 20 percent of those without the developmental disorder.

My Loved One Suffers From Autism. Are They Eligible For Disability Benefits?

Many people with autism are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, depending on the severity of the condition.

It should be noted that children with autism are likely to qualify for SSI benefits if their family income and disability level meets Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.

Adults who suffer from the disorder can also apply for SSDI and may receive benefits if they meet certain requirements that include having earned work credits. Additionally, an autistic adult whose parent collects SSI benefits may qualify for SSDI based on the earning record and work credits accumulated by that parent.

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