Metabolic disorders are conditions that affect how your body processes and uses energy. The team at Galenus Group in Lehigh Acres, Florida, includes specialists who diagnose and manage metabolic disorders. The group medical practice is committed to providing affordable health care to keep the Lehigh Acres community and surrounding Lee County healthy. With great physicians and quality care you can trust, call or schedule your metabolic disorder consultation online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.
Metabolic disorders refer to diseases that disrupt your metabolism, which is the chemical process that turns the food you eat into energy.
Food contains essential nutrients your body needs to function. This includes carbohydrates, fat, and protein. During digestion, your body breaks these nutrients down into glucose, lipids, and amino acids, which your body then uses or stores for later.
With a metabolic disorder, there’s a disruption in the breakdown, use, or storage of these nutrients, causing you to have too much or too little of these nutrients, affecting body function.
You can inherit a metabolic disorder or it may develop from diseases that affect metabolic organs like the liver or pancreas.
There are many types of metabolic disorders. Some of the more common include:
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses glucose, the main source of energy for your cells. People with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood.
Diabetes occurs because of problems with insulin, which is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps get glucose from the blood into the cell. People with diabetes either don’t make any insulin or their insulin doesn’t work like it should.
People with PKU are born without an enzyme necessary for breaking down and removing excess amino acids. High levels of amino acids in the body may cause brain damage.
Mitochondrial disorders are conditions that affect the part of the cell that produces energy. Most mitochondrial disorders are inherited.
Metabolic syndrome isn’t the same as a metabolic disorder. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of health conditions that raise your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and high glucose numbers.
Treatments for metabolic disorders depend on the type of disorder you have. Your provider at Galenus Group talks to you about your disorder and treatment plan. Most metabolic disorders require diet changes. You may also need to take medication.
Your provider at Galenus Group schedules regular follow-up visits to monitor your health and adjust your plan.
For high-quality care from a great team, call Galenus Group or schedule an appointment online today.