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Pancreatic enzymes improve autism symptoms

Pancreatic replacement therapy for maladaptive behaviors in preschool children with autism spectrum disorder; JAMA Network Open, Nov. 30, 2023.

Taking high-protease pancreatic enzyme supplements 3 times per day improved symptoms of irritability and maladaptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a study in JAMA Network Open reported.

The findings support previous research linking pancreatic insufficiency and autism.

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