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Metabolic diseases

Your metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. If you have a metabolic disorder, this process is disrupted. There are many different kinds of metabolic disorders and their symptoms and treatment vary widely. Learn about common disorders below.

Fabry disease

Fabry disease is a rare genetic disorder that can affect many parts of the body and lead to many different types of symptoms. Learn more here.


Haemochromatosis causes your body to absorb too much iron, leading to organ damage. Read about the symptoms, diagnosis and available treatments.

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Hashimoto's disease

Hashimoto's disease can cause your body to produce too little thyroid hormone. Find out more about its causes, symptoms and treatment.


Hyperthyroidism (or thyrotoxicosis) occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone.


Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. See symptoms and treatment options here.


Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited problem with breaking down protein. With the right diet, people with PKU can live a normal life. Learn more.


Porphyria is caused by problems with red blood cells. It has a wide range of symptoms making it hard to diagnose. Learn how it's managed and treated.

Tay-Sachs disease

Babies with Tay-Sachs develop slowly, lose vision and speech and typically don't reach school age. It's more common in certain genetic groups.

Type 1 diabetes

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be overwhelming. However, while the condition is not curable, there are ways to manage it successfully.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it well. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.

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