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Doctor insights on: Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Mutation

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What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and what do I do about it?

What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and what do I do about it?

Genetic problem: Because of this gene mutation, body becomes deficient in Alpha -1 - antitrypsin protein and manifests as chronic lung disease, just like in COPD pts but affects a younger population and affects the bases of the lung more than the apices.. Fortunately it is available to take on a daily basis to bring the levels of a1at within 'normal' range. ...Read more

Mutation (Definition)

In genetics, a mutation is a change in the nucleotide sequence of the genome of an organism, virus, or extrachromosomal genetic element. Mutations result from unrepaired damage to dna or to RNA genomes (typically caused by radiation or chemical mutagens), from errors in the process of replication, or from the insertion or deletion of segments of dna ...Read more


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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

AAT deficiency: Measurement of alpha-1-antitrypsin serum concentration is used to determine if a patient has the inherited disorder aat deficiency. If the aat serum level is greater than 80 mg/dl, it is unlikely that the patient has clinically significant aat deficiency. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
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Remove obstructions that could cause falls
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Organize medications
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Add railings for support
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Is it safe to take a nutritional supplement that has trypsin and chemotrypsin if you have an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Is it safe to take a nutritional supplement that has trypsin and chemotrypsin if you have an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Yes but not helpful: Trypsin ; chemotrypsin being proteins get digested and broken down in to individual Amino Acids before being absorbed from the gut. So in terms of safety, there are no concerns. However, i don't think they have any value of health benefit as nutritional supplements. ...Read more

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Could marijuana smoking be dangerous when you are a carrier for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Could marijuana smoking be dangerous when you are a carrier for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Smoking Marijuana?: Smoking marihuana can cause u to have symptoms similar to schizophrenia and can cause u to be in a motivational state. U r still 18 years old if u r not motivated , how can u succeed in life?! ...Read more

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes (Checklist)

Hypoglycemia is common with type 1 diabetes
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Check your blood glucose before and after 2 hours after eating
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Hypoglycemia is likely if the post meal glucose is lower than premeal
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If you do not feel hypo symptoms, consider use of a continuous sensor
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Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Yes: With some variation, the form presenting in childhood can lead to liver failure and death if a liver transplant is not available. The chronic lung issues are disabling for some. ...Read more

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What does " ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN " mean?Component Standard Range Your Value 90 - 200 mg 218 why is mine elevated?

What does " ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN " mean?Component	Standard Range	Your Value                        90 - 200 mg           218

why is mine elevated?

Alpha-1: Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protein produced by the liver which helps to protect the liver and lungs from damage. Approximately 1 in 2,500 people have a deficiency (hereditary) which puts them at higher risk for early lung (COPD) and liver disease (cirrhosis, cancer). This deficiency can be detected by a blood test. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is alpha-1 antitrypsin always terminal?

Can you tell me is alpha-1 antitrypsin always terminal?

No: It may be mild or severe. You're born with it, you are likely to become short of breath in middle age (hopefully you are a non-smoker), and the liver disease may come on at any time in your life, or never. ...Read more