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Phenylketonuria

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare but potentially serious inherited disorder. Our bodies break down protein in foods like meat and fish into amino acids, which are the "building blocks" of protein. These amino acids are then used to make our own proteins. Any amino acids that aren't needed are broken down further and removed from the body. People with PKU can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine, which then builds up in the blood and brain. This can lead to brain damage. Diagnosing PKU At around 5 days old, babies are offered newborn blood spot screening to check if they have PKU or a number of other conditions. This involves pricking your baby's heel to collect drops of blood to test. If PKU is confirmed, treatment will be given straight away to reduce the risk of serious complications. Treatment includes a special diet and regular blood tests. With early diagnosis and the correct treatment, the majority of children with PKU are able to live healthy lives. About 1 in 10,000 babies born in the UK has PKU. Symptoms of PKU PKU doesn't usually cause any symptoms if treatment is started early. Without treatment, PKU can damage the brain and nervous system, which can lead to learning Continue reading >>

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  1. FrankUnderWood

    Hi,
    I have started out for the third and final time on Keto on Monday.
    My weight has dropped 3 pounds in 4 days, but the Keto sticks are not changing colour (only started yesterday using them).
    How long does it take the average person to get into Ketsosis, I know there are a lot of variables to consider but I was wondering what people’s experience is?
    Before when I did this, the sticks were changing colour after 3 days.
    Thanks

    F

  2. VLC.MD

    Focus on the process and the results will happen. Test your urine 2/week

  3. Jacob4Jesus

    FrankUnderWood:
    How long does it take the average person to get into Ketsosis, I know there are a lot of variables to consider but I was wondering what people’s experience is?
    The average person (someone who is insulin sensitive) could be in ketosis when they get up every morning.
    I started casually and it took about 2 days for me to get the first symptoms of carb withdrawal.

    –Jacob

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