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Worryingly, patients with autism tend to die 12 to 30 years earlier than non-autistic persons, shows new research

(Photo : David Cannon/Getty Images) Ernie Els of South Africa with his son Ben Els during the SAP Invitational Golf Day at Dragon Ridge Country Club prior to the Els For Autism Grande Finale event on November 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Photo : David Cannon/Getty Images) Ernie Els of South Africa with his son Ben Els during the SAP Invitational Golf Day at Dragon Ridge Country Club prior to the Els For Autism Grande Finale event on November 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

Even those who suffer from autism, as well as intellectual disability, tend to die 30 years earlier while others without intellectual ability tend to pass away 12 years earlier.

“Up to 40 percent of people with autism also suffer from epilepsy. People with autism may also differ from those in the general population by having a more restricted diet, limited access to exercise and increased use of medication,” the research team wrote.

Experts from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden discovered that autistic patients die 18 years earlier than others.

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