The apparent reduction in life expectancy for people diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability was 7.28 years (95% CI: 3.78–10.27) for men and 14.59 years (95% CI: 9.45–19.02 years) for women.
At AofA, we are not afraid to say things others surely think. Safeminds shared an article that autistic men and women in the UK die sooner than their non-autistic peers. Women died EARLIER than men, which is not the case in the non-autism population, and almost 15 years before their time. 15 years? As Mom to three daughters with autism I'm horrified by this statistic. Why? Are they harmed? Abused? Denied the most basic gyn care?
Now the tough part.... Most parents want their children to outlive them. That's normal. How many of us want to die the day AFTER we bury our children? But never speak of this wish? Now, I know we have many families who have lost a child far too young. That's not what I'm talking about. I mean no disrespect. Kim
Men and Women with ASD and a Learning Disorder Die Almost 10 Years Earlier than Those without the Disorder
A recent study published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe has found that people diagnosed with autism and a learning disability in the United Kingdom are more likely to die prematurely than those without these conditions. The study, which is the first to estimate the life expectancy of people with the disorder in Britain, highlights the urgent need to address inequalities and prevent premature death for people on the autism spectrum. The authors studied anonymized data from 1989 to 2019 of 17,130 people diagnosed with autism without a learning disability and 6,450 people diagnosed as autistic with a learning disability. The study found that men and women with autism and without a learning disability had an average life expectancy of 74.6 and 76.8 years, respectively. The study also discovered that individuals with autism and a comorbid learning disability had an even lower life expectancy of 71.7 years for men and 69.6 years for women. The average life expectancy for neurotypical individuals in the UK is 80 for men and 83 for women. While the study found autism itself does not directly reduce life expectancy, those with the disorder face health inequalities and often do not receive the necessary support and medical help they need. The team behind this research calls for further examination of the reasons behind the premature deaths of people with autism. They also point out the need for policymakers to address discrimination and adopt better medical policies for individuals with the disorder.
The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense)
By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“Whenever I read, listen to, or debate Bobby, I learn something new and change my mind on at least one or two issues, while vehemently disagreeing with many others. Both the agreements and disagreements stimulate my thinking and emotions, even when they make me angry or concerned. Read him and make up your own minds." —Alan Dershowitz
“The Wuhan Cover-Up will blow out of the water the international disinformation campaign by US and Chinese government officials and their bribed scientists that COVID-19 somehow magically jumped out of the Wuhan wet market. Kennedy’s book will provide the ammunition needed for us lawyers to hold them all legally accountable for this Nuremberg Crime against Humanity.” —Professor Francis A. Boyle, author of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989