Hypothyroid mother & child with autistism/aspergers

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Researchers have recently identified a link between low thyroid hormone levels in pregnancy and the child's inability to do mental maths & reduced height. (See daily mail article by searching 'daily mail pregnancy mental maths'.I think it goes further than this, I think there's a link with low thyroid hormone levels in pregnancy and the child being on the autistic spectrum. My doses were all over the place when I was pregnant, and my levels were too - no account was taken of the time lag between dose increases and it correctly being reflected in blood levels.I have a child on the autistic spectrum (aspergers) and I'm wondering how many other people have and what you think.

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    Really interesting thought. They say that in the UK we fail to identify thyroid deficiency die to differences in testing procedures and definitions. I think you've hit on a really important 20th century phenomenon. Probably linked to diet, pesticides or hormones in the food chain. How this thread gets picked up by researchers.
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      Typos amended here:Really interesting thought. They say that in the UK we fail to identify thyroid deficiency due to differences in testing procedures and definitions. I think you've hit on a really important 20th century phenomenon. Probably linked to diet, pesticides or hormones in the food chain. Hope this thread gets picked up by researchers.
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      Lucy, thank you for your reply. you raise an interesting question: whether hypothyroidism is caused by modern living, or is it just being picked up better, or both. I would add: and is it exacerbated by deficiencies in our monitoring and treatment methods - blood tests not accurately reflecting tissue levels of thyroid hormone, time lag before blood test gives an approximation to thyroid levels, and treatment that only replaces one (T4) of the 5 hormones the thyroid produces (T1, T2, T3, T4, calcitonin).
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      This is close to my heart. I have a family member who has achieved effective control through T3 treatment in Belgium - but obviously at a cost. ..
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      My UK GP says 'watch this space'. In his experience CCGs or their equivalent change every 5-6 ye.ars. So just wait until it changes again! I have the best reasons for them funding NDT (intolerance to all synthetic meds) and they still won't do it!.
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