Metabolic Disorders

Metabolic disorders are caused when several organs and glands within the body (the liver, pancreas, and endocrine glands, for example) do not function correctly, causing an imbalance in enzymes or hormone levels in the cells. The normal chemical reactions that break down the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in our food do not function correctly or efficiently and this causes either a buildup of toxins or a decrease in nutrients necessary for normal body functions.

Some metabolic diseases develop after birth and some are inherited. A few examples of metabolic disorders include G6PD deficiency, galactosemia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria, and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.