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I just found out i have a genetic disorder called porphyria (acute intermittent). am i still able to lose weight?

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Dr. Scott McLean
Clinical Genetics 36 years experience
Yes, but carefully: Acute intermittent porpyria, or aip for short, is caused by low levels of the hmbs enzyme. Symptoms include episodes of severe abdominal pain, seizures, muscle weakness, and confusion. Aip is very rare: to lose weight, you should see an expert. Attacks can be brought on by certain drugs, alcohol, stress, infections, and not eating enough. Here is a good link - http://www.Porphyriafoundation.Com/.
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