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ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Is Preventable!
What You Need to Know to Prevent ADD Before Birth...
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as it's known to medical professionals and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as it's known to laymen, is a disorder that causes emotional problems and learning disabilities in children.
About one in every 82 children (or 3% - 5% of the American population) is diagnosed with the syndrome while prescriptions to treat it have increased 500% since 1991. Boys are more likely to suffer from the ailment than girls, and children in poor health are more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder than those considered to be in good health.
Now there's news that it can be prevented, before birth!
The Vitamin B, Folate, May Prevent ADD
A recent study analyzed 100 pregnant women. Blood samples were taken early in gestation to measure iron and folate levels. (Folate is a B vitamin.) During the pregnancy, the women completed questionnaires related to diet and supplementation. At birth, the children's weight and head circumference were measured.
Eight years later a follow up was completed regarding the children's behavior, including hyperactivity, emotional problems, problems relating to their peers, etc.
It was found that there was a direct relation to moms who had low folate levels and children who suffered from hyperactivity and peer problems,
The study was conducted by Dr. Wolff Schlotz and his colleagues from the University of Southampton in England.
More About the Study, ADD, and Folate!
Head circumference is an important indicator of brain volume. Dr. Schlotz also found that mothers with high folate levels had children with larger head circumference, which suggest better brain development in mothers who exhibited higher levels of folate.
Here's the bad news: The authors of the study also point out that folate deficiency during pregnancy can harm cell growth and reduce the baby's brain cells.
This is the first study of its kind and one that you should be aware of. It links a mother-to-be's folate intake to the possible, future behavior problems of her child. As Dr. Schlotz says, “Our findings further support the hypothesis that maternal nutrition contributes to an individual's development, with potential consequences for their behavior later in life...”
NOTE: This study is published in in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
This is a very important study. ADD is a well-known disorder among our children and it can be devastating. Therefore, anything that you can do as a future parent to prevent it, should be seriously considered.
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.