Pku

The Build up of phenylalanine

What is it

PKU also known as Phenylketonuria is a very rare chromosomal abnormality. That can affect you in many ways. The defect occurs on chromosome 12.

The risk

Phenylketonuria is a very rare condition that only happens to one in every 15,000 babies. What PKU does is it causes there to be too much phenylalanine in the body and can cause many defects. you are born with Phenylketonuria, so it is most common in babies. There are also no known environmental influences so it doesn't matter where in the world you live because you can get it anywhere

Symptoms

Phenylketonuria can cause a wide variety of symptoms including severe brain damage, epilepsies, stunted growth, exczema, fair skin, and a musty body odor.

Prevention

There is no real way to be cured of PKU. Although You can get tested when you are young to catch early signs and possibly be better off. If you do have it you would have to eat a low protein diet also filled with fruits and vegetables. You can also take nutrition supplements. Most Fruits and Vegetables are important in this because they are very low in phenylalanine

How you can help

There are many support groups out there that are searching for a cure of PKU and you can be apart of them. The majority of them will take donations to help provide funds to help find a cure for PKU. If you are looking for a way to help click on the link below for some ideas
Click here to go to the National PKU Alliance home page

This will take you to the National PKU Alliance Where you can help make a difference