Inherited Metabolic Disorders
Some people are born with a genetic disorder that prevents the body from processing certain nutrients properly. The term inherited metabolic disorders covers a wide range of conditions including disorders related to fat, carbohydrate and protein. Examples include PKU, HCU, MSUD, GA1, IVA and MMA/PA. These hereditary disorders are most often diagnosed at birth, or early on in life. Defects with certain enzymes prevent the body from breaking down certain types of nutrients. If we can’t break down those nutrients, we can't get rid of certain chemicals, and they build up in the body over time. Without careful monitoring and dietary management, these chemicals can have various consequences, including delays in physical and mental development. Learn more about inherited metaboic disorders and the recommended strategies for dietary manangement below.