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Metabolic Conditions

Metabolic Conditions


Contact: Metabolic Dietary Disorders Australia
Tel: (03) 9723 0600
Email: office@mdda.org.au
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More info: PO Box 33, Montrose VIC 3765
About: A large number of genetic conditions are caused by an alteration in the production, activity or function of proteins (enzymes) essential in making the body’s chemical system (metabolism) work correctly. Often the metabolic system involves a number of different steps, each directed by an enzyme. A malfunction of an enzyme at just one step in the pathway can lead to an accumulation of toxic substances, or a reduction in the quantity of an essential cell product. Treatment may involve manipulation of an individual’s diet to avoid substances that the body cannot break down, because of the metabolic condition. In other types of metabolic conditions, the enzymes are not stored properly in the cells, and this affects their ability to work correctly. Many genetic metabolic conditions have a specific support group. Others may be so rare that a specific group does not exist.

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