Galactosemia is an internal disorder and is caused due to genetic or hereditary reasons. The disorder itself is a metabolism defect and the affected individual’s system fails to convert the sugar contained in milk (galactose) into glucose, which is essential for the body. Under medical circles, this condition is often referred to as Classic Galactosemia.
HOW IS GALACTOSEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Babies are generally screened for the condition at the time of birth as a routine procedure. This is more particularly done when there is a family history of Galactosemia. A heel prick test is done to collect blood sample from the baby.
HOW IS GALACTOSEMIA TREATED?
Babies and adults with this condition should completely avoid milk and milk based products. Meat based or soy based formula can be fed to the infants. The treatment is more of a proactive prevention of symptoms as there is no treatment or cure to the condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Galactosemia is often confused with lactose intolerance