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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Lethargy Associated With Galactosemia Last

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How many people, what age suffer from galactosemia?

How many people, what age suffer from galactosemia?

See below:: Classic galactosemia occurs in approximately 1 of 60, 000 live births. However, the reported incidence of galactosemia varies geographically from 1 in 30, 000 to 40, 000 in europe to 1 in 1 million in japan. The estimated incidence in the United States is 1 in 53, 000. It occurs in the neonatal/infancy age group. ...Read more

Dr. Todd Zimmerman
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What daily activity would be difficult for someone with galactosemia?

What daily activity would be difficult for someone with galactosemia?

Food selection: Galactosemia is a rare genetic defect of digestion that prevents the body from breaking down simple sugars - especially lactose - into energy units. This leads to a build up of toxins that can affect several organs and lead to permanent damage. Here's an article I reviewed that should help guide you to more information. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=galactosemia ...Read more

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Site for people born with galactosemia?

See below: Nih website http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001405/ galactosemia foundation http://galactosemia.Org/ good luck. ...Read more

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What sex and lifestyle changes should I make if galactosemia?

What sex and lifestyle changes should I make if galactosemia?

GALACTOSEMIA: Inherited enzyme deficiency that can cause premature ovarian failure. Lifestyle changes is avoidance of lactose from the diet to prevent hepatic, renal, cognitive deficits, etc. ...Read more

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Is it true that galactosemia can be treated by dietary modification?

Is it true that galactosemia can be treated by dietary modification?

Yes.: Patients with galactosemia, or galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase deficiency, are unable to metabolize a sugar called galactose. Eliminating galactose from the diet is the mainstay of treatment of this disease. ...Read more

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Are there many factors that can cause the mutation for galactosemia?

Are there many factors that can cause the mutation for galactosemia?

Inherited: Galactosemia is a autosomal recessive inherited condition which causes you to metabolise galactose and other sugars incorrectly or differently. Autosomal recessive conditions usually come from both parent's--usually as carriers but not expresing the disease.There are many factors related to gene expression and gene abnormalities, but once you have the abnormality, it is not easy to determine. ...Read more

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How is galactosemia a genetic disorder?

How is galactosemia a genetic disorder?

Recessive defect: Our parents give us genetic information in gene pairs at conception. If a critical enzyme can be produced with information from just one gene, it is called dominant. Parents who carry one bad gene in a pair don't have symptoms, but can pass the bad gene to baby. If baby gets 2 bad genes at conception, they cannot make the enzyme.Galactosemia results from inheriting recessive bad genes. ...Read more

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Can people with galactosemia drink alcohol?

Can people with galactosemia drink alcohol?

Depends: The alcohol wouldn't be a problem for most, but some mixes may have galactose sugar which would be(think milk or creamy additives). If they are vigilant about researching which drinks or mixes they should avoid, i thing an occasional drink would be fine. ...Read more

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Should people with galactosemia drink alcohol?

Should people with galactosemia drink alcohol?

Depends: The alcohol wouldn't be a problem for most, but some mixes may have galactose sugar which would be(think milk or creamy additives). If they are vigilant about researching which drinks or mixes they should avoid, i thing an occasional drink would be fine. ...Read more

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Do medications treat galactosemia?

Do medications treat galactosemia?

No:: Galactosemia is treated by removing foods that contain galactose from the diet. Foods containing lactose, thereby containing galactose, should be avoided. Untreated galactosemia will result in a harmful build-up of galactose and galactose-1-phosphate (a form of galactose) in the bloodstream and body tissues. Not treated, infants can develop cataracts, liver disease and kidney problems. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Galactosemia (Definition)

Galactosemia is an inherited condition in which there is an inability to break down a type of sugar called galactose, leading to its accumulation in the body. This can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidney, and brain resulting in the yellowing of skin, seizures, poor feeding, ...Read more


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Lethargy (Definition)

Lack of energy, ...Read more