Circumcised boys have a much higher chance of developing attention-deficit disorder and autism by age 10, the hotly debated research from Denmark says. But not all experts are comfortable with the “extremely speculative findings.”

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The risk is doubled if a boy is circumcised before five, the Statens Serum Institut study also claims. The link, they say, is in the stress caused by the pain of being snipped.

Scientists based their findings on results they received from examining 340,000 boys between 1994 and 2003.

Boys from non-Muslims backgrounds were also more likely to develop attention-deficit-hyperactive-disorder (ADHD).

This means that the boy’s perception of pain may become skewed for life. This characteristic is often found among children with autism.

Almost 5,000 boys, whose health was tracked specifically for the study, have been diagnosed with autism by age nine.

The professor believes that the findings, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, should prompt other scientists to pick up where Frisch left off in order to stem the “increased risk of serious neurodevelopmental and psychological consequences.”


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