People With Autism Die 16 Years Younger Than Average

Posted: Mar 19 2016, 7:19am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

People With Autism Die 16 Years Younger Than Average
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Research shows that the autistic often meet an early demise.

Those who have autism tend to die earlier than those without the condition. A study took place on the subject in Sweden. It showed that grownups with autism and a learning disability are 40 times more likely to die young.

This is because of their neurological condition and since the rest of the population follow the normality bell curve, they are spared this early demise.

As for adults that had autism and no learning disability, they were nine times more likely to die from suicide than those without the symptoms of autism.

The Swedish study took place at the Karolinska Institute. The health stats of 27,122 autistic adults were measured between 1987 and 2009. A comparison was drawn between them and a sample of 2 million people from the rest of society.

The autistic passed away 16 years before the rest of the population, according to WebMD. Their average age of demise was 54 years.

Those who had learning disabilities to boot died 30 years before the average age of demise of the rest of the population. Their age was 39.5 years. Those with only autism died a dozen years earlier at 58 years of age.

Autism is all about how the individuals talk to and relate to the outer world. They make sense of the world in a different manner from the rest of society.

The symptoms can be nonexistent or they can be very aggravated in individuals. Over 3.5 million Americans live with an autistic spectrum disorder.

One in 68 children contracts it and it is incurable. The future scope for the autistic is dismal and the fault lies at the end of the medical establishment which has done little to find a cure for the serious ailment. There are actual individuals and their families that are suffering behind the numbers.

Every single death of an autistic person is a tragedy on a personal level and cries out to be heard. It points out the fact that despite the progress made by science, we still have a long way to go.

For eons, the medical model has failed to even take into consideration the families with autistic children. The harrowing conditions faced by the autistic are something that show the mirror to a cruel society which masquerades under the guise of so-called normality.

When an autistic person doesn’t get to reach middle age and dies before his time, it is a sad commentary on the limitations of human progress.

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