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Galactosemia

by willpoff
Last updated 4 years ago

Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Biology
Grade:
10

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Galactosemia

GalatosemiaBy Will Poffenberger

Biology

You can’t break down the sugar galactose which is found in dairy products. Severe cases are kidney failure, enlarge liver, poor growth, brain damage.

GALT binds with galactose to make glucose for energy.

There is a 25% chance of getting it if your parents contain the affect gene but have no symptoms. 1 in 55,000 people born have galactosemia.

How is it diagnosed?Blood samples are taken to see if you have low levels of the GALT enzyme.

Autosomal recessive

How is treated?You change your diet to avoid lactose, galactose, and legumes like beans.

Does it affect your life expactany?It doesn’t affect the life expectancy if you avoid eating foods that contain lactose or galactose. It can be very dangerous to your health if you do eat foods that contain galactose.

Missing enzyme called GALT on chromosome 9


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