Adults with autism and heart disease

This month lets light up the world blue as we focus on the continued awareness and education of Autism. specifies that “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.

We now know that there is not one autism, but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.” For those on the spectrum, going to the doctor can be a very stressful occurrence. Adults are more likely to have health complications including issues such as allergies or asthma; diabetes; heart disease; and motor disorders such as cerebral palsy. Many of these medical issues arise due to a lack of preventative medical care. Health issues such as diabetes and heart disease are directly related to the increased chance of having a heart attack.

Although many focus on children with autism, as a community we need to remember that a child with autism becomes an adult with autism. The first step is continued education within the healthcare and education communities on how to effectively help these individuals and recognize early signs of health issues in order to provide as much preventative care as possible.

In addition, employers, schools, and families need to be prepared in case there is an emergency and a defibrillator needs to be used to save a life.

Together we can all shine a light on autism! #LightItUpBlue

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