Is metabolic syndrome inherited? Epigenetics, your best friend or your serious enemy? Are you someone, or do you know someone who says, “Everyone in my family is overweight” or “Everyone in my family is diabetic”? Did you know, regardless of your gene pool, you have control over whether your genes manifest as disease or not based on your food and your environmental choices?
Sometimes you end up with the tendency to develop metabolic syndrome through no fault of your own due to the genetics you inherited from your family. Occasionally, you inherit health challenges by learning unhealthy behavior too – especially those that are diet related.
For example, if your family lived off fast food all the time, you may inherit metabolic syndrome due to those poor eating habits. Either way, you’ve inherited it from your family in one way or another. The good news is that even if you’ve inherited the syndrome, you can still take steps to improve your life.
Let’s discuss a few disorders.
Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders
Normally your digestive system breaks down food into its basic parts: sugars, fats and acids. When something goes wrong with your body’s ability to break down amino acids, it can lead to serious and even life-threatening health problems.
One problem with amino acid metabolism is something called phenylketonuria (PKU) in which phenylalanine builds up in the body. Untreated phenylketonuria can cause seizures, tremors, stunted growth, hyperactivity, and more.
Carbohydrate Metabolism Disorders
If you cannot metabolize the sugars in your body from carbohydrates, the sugars will accumulate in your body and can cause a variety of disorders like fructose intolerance, issues storing glycogen, and other problems that are serious in nature. Treatments include medication, supplements, and special diets.
Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorders
Several conditions can arise from fatty acid metabolism disorder, which is an inherited condition. When this occurs, the number of enzymes needed to break down fat in the body is too low and the breakdown doesn’t happen properly. This condition usually shows up in infancy or young childhood. It can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as an enlarged heart or liver and/or anemia.
Purine and Pyrimidine Metabolism Disorders
Purine and pyrimidine play an active role in forming the building blocks for DNA and RNA, plus energy provision and more. When you have a defect in this area, you may end up with conditions like gout, immune deficiency, deafness, seizures, and even acute renal failure. If a child has Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia or other conditions, they may also have a purine and pyrimidine metabolism disorder.
Inherited conditions like the one discussed here require diagnosis by a trained medical professional. If what you have instead is a more common version of metabolic syndrome, you can most likely take steps to treat it with diet. For this reason, it’s imperative that you seek medical diagnosis so you know what you’re dealing with and can respond appropriately.
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC
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