DOHaD 2022: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) may have a range of physical, behavioural, and/or learning challenges. Most studies have explored learning and behavioural challenges in children, so not much is known about FASD in adults. More studies are needed to understand the long-term health effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in adults. Some researchers are suggesting that FASD be considered a ‘whole-body’ diagnosis after a survey of adults with FASD found higher rates of physical health issues. This means that doctors should screen patients with FASD more carefully for certain physical and mental health issues as they age. Autoimmune disorders caused by chronic inflammation, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are more common for people with FASD, but researchers are still trying to understand why.