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Metabolic Disorders

Metabolism plays a large role in our everyday lives, and when it is disrupted you may experience undesirable symptoms like weight gain. Though it is not the only side effect of a disrupted metabolic process, weight gain is a common complaint that may be the result of an underlying disorder. If you have a family history of metabolic issues or conditions such as diabetes, you could also have some sort of metabolic disorder. It may benefit you to sit down with one of the professionals at Advance Health and Wellness to discuss your symptoms, and attempt to come up with a targeted solution.

There are hundreds of metabolic disorders, and people living in the United States particularly, experience these conditions more than anywhere else in the world. Diabetes, for example, is a metabolic disorder affecting people in the US at alarming rates, which increase every year. A metabolic disorder occurs when the processes responsible for breaking down food into its simpler parts, such as fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, are interfered with. These conditions can be inherited or they can be acquired at some point during your life.

Your metabolism functions a bit like a factory, where the “workers” are enzymes and proteins. When these employees do not do their jobs correctly, efficiently, or at all, the entire factory gets chaotic and out of whack. Unfortunately, the slacking workers cannot be fired in this case. The different types of metabolic disorders are the by-products of faulty factories.

With most cases of inherited metabolic disorders, a single enzyme is either produced incorrectly and does not work properly, or it is not produced at all. The missing enzyme is like an employee on the assembly line who did not show up for work on a busy day. Depending on the job that enzyme was supposed to do, its absence could create toxic chemical build up, or an important product could not get produced at all.

There are literally hundreds of metabolic disorders that are inherited, and previously unknown ones are constantly discovered. A few of the more common and significant genetic metabolic disorders are divided into multiple categories. Some examples are: lysosomal storage disorders, metal metabolism disorders, glycogen storage disorders, or organic acedemias. Diabetes is an example of an inherited metabolic disorder, as well.

Symptoms of these disorders vary depending on the type of condition you have, but they can include: jaundice, failure to gain weight, developmental delay, seizures, lethargy, vomiting, no appetite, bad breath, weight loss, weight gain, abdominal pain, or slipping into a coma.

With acquired metabolic syndromes, there are many factors as well. Some can be the result of both inherited and environmental causes, or they can be the result of solely outside factors. Examples of some possible causes include: alcohol or diuretic abuse, gout, ingesting poison or toxins, kidney or respiratory failure, collapsed lung, sepsis, or poor diet.

Certain types of metabolic disorders can have life-threatening results such as coma or unconsciousness, seizures or tremors, and organ failure.

If you have reason to believe you may have any type of metabolic disorder, it is best to seek professional help as soon as possible. There may not be a cure for your specific disorder, but therapies and treatments often help symptoms stay manageable.