How long do autistic people live? The question is difficult to answer for any population. Autism is not classified as a medical condition, and it is not completely debilitating.
People with autism who avoid social interactions or have troubles with daily living skills — from using a toilet to preparing meals — are at increased risk of an early death, a new study suggests 1. Autistic people are more than twice as likely as those in the general population to die prematurely. They are also at increased risk for a range of health conditionssuch as diabetes and cancer, that can be fatal.
Like everyone else, people with autism move through significant life changes. The Autism Society supports people with autism and their families through three critical stages of life. Early Detection and Intervention The Autism Society promotes early identification and access to effective treatments before age 3.
Research out of Sweden reveals that adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder die 16 years earlier than their counterparts. Suicide is one major cause. A study out of Sweden completed late last year revealed that people with autism died an average of 16 years earlier than those without the condition. It also revealed that the leading causes of death in people with autism were heart disease, suicide, and epilepsy.
The mean age of death for someone with autism is 54 compared with 70 for the general population. For people with autism and a learning disability, the mean age drops to Prevention measures include: prevention and control with lifestyle changes and medications, knowledge and education of those around you so they can help minimize risk during and after a seizure, and seizure management and preparation if you have any warning signs like halos etc….
The report, called Personal Tragedies, Public Crisis, detailed evidence from a major Swedish study, which found that autistic adults died an average of 16 years younger than the general population. And the average life expectancy of those who also have epilepsy — which is much more common among autistic people — and other secondary brain disorders was just 39, the study found. We cannot accept a situation where many autistic people will never see their 40th birthday.
Suicide is when someone takes their own life. Jump to: Possible triggers. Autistic people have told us that when they are feeling suicidal, they may not show signs that people typically expect.
After decades of research, much about this condition remains unclear. The year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers. The results are available online on January 17 in the journal Autism Research.
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