Von Gierke's disease

Von Gierke is when your body cannot break down glycogen. Glycogen is a type of sugar that your body store in your muscle and liver. Glycogen is normally breaks down into glucose and is use for energy.


The symptoms for Von Gierke disease are:

  • Constantly feeling the need for food
  • Easy bruise
  • Easy nose bleed
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Puffy cheeks
  • Thin chest and limbs
  • Swollen belly


Von Gierke occurs when your body does not have enough proteins. Without enough proteins, glycogen build up in certain tissue. Low blood sugar is the out come of glycogen not being broken down properly


Von Gierke can be treat by eating regularly, for some, they input a tube into your nose to the stomach to provide sugar, and a medicine may be given to lower uric acid in the blood and decrease the risk of gout.


Von Gierke disease can be inherited. It is a recessive disease. Both parents have to be carriers or have it in order for the child to have it.


Some test are:

  • Biopsy of liver or kidney
  • Blood sugar test
  • Genetic test
  • Lactic acid blood test
  • Triglyceride level
  • Uric acid blood test

Population Effects

Von Gierke disease affect people who are low in protein more. This disease is the most common disease. Location can be anywhere.

What I discovered...

I learned that this disease can affect just about anyone. The best way to stay clear of this disease is to eat healthy. This disease is recessive.
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