Cortisol May Links Stress and GI Trouble in Autism


“We know that it is common for individuals with autism to have a more intense reaction to stress, and some of these patients seem to experience frequent constipation, abdominal pain, or other gastrointestinal issues,” says David Beversdorf, associate professor in the departments of radiology, neurology, and psychological sciences at the University of Missouri and its Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. To better understand why, we looked for a relationship between gastrointestinal symptoms and the immune markers responsible for stress response.

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Source: Futurity