Two Hormones May Be Responsible For Male Bias To Autism
By Juliana Chan | Health & Medicine
August 20, 2012
“While it has been previously suggested that exposure in the womb to excessive levels of testosterone might be creating an ‘extreme male brain,’ this does not explain why some females have autism, or why males with autism do not exhibit an extreme male physical form,” he said.“Our data suggest that the still-elusive primary initiating cause of ASD is common to both males and females, with the condition being more frequent in males because normal levels of male hormones exacerbates the pathology,” he said.
“ASD is the prime example of a male bias in the same way that anorexia nervosa is the most well-known condition with a female bias. Other sex biases include Alzheimer’s disease in women and motor neurone disease in men,” he said.
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