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New report highlights elevated risk of early death in people with autism

21st March 2016

A new study has demonstrated the elevated risk of premature death that affects people with autism.

The report from the autism research charity Autistica includes data from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden showing that, on average, people with autism die 18 years younger than the general population.

Those with autism and intellectual disability, meanwhile, die 30 years before those without autism, with epilepsy identified as the leading cause of death. Autistic adults without intellectual disabilities die an average of 12 years earlier than the rest of the population.

As such, the report has called for lawmakers to take steps to ensure that healthcare providers have clear and specific plans in place to reduce the premature mortality risks that specifically affect this group.

Jon Spiers, Autistica's chief executive, said: "Everyone involved in supporting people on the autism spectrum – from the government right down to local care providers – has a responsibility to step up and start saving lives as soon as possible."

The Swedish figures come from a large epidemiological research study and confirm the conclusions of previous smaller studies of autism mortality risk.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801815027-ADNFCR

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