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What Are Metabolic Disorders - Causes, Symptoms And Prevention

30 July, 2020 Kritika Tak

A condition where our metabolic process diminishes, resulting in dysfunctioning of the whole process is known as a metabolic disorder.
So, what causes a metabolic disorder, what it’s symptoms, when should one consult a doctor and most importantly, what kind of preventive measures one should take?

But first, what is a metabolic process?

 It’s a chemical process of transforming the food we eat into energy for the functioning of our body.

We all know the food we eat acts as fuel for the body and with the help of the enzymes produced during digestion, carbohydrates fats and proteins are either used right away or stored for later use in the body (in the liver) as body fats or inside muscle tissues.

When one develops metabolic disorders?

When one of the organs aren’t functioning as it should, especially-

  • Liver
  • Pancreas or 
  • Other endocrine glands

Then one tends to develop metabolic disorders. 

Some other causes of metabolic disorders are:

Nutritional deficiency:

If you are not taking a balanced diet and one of the nutrients is not going into your body for quite some time, then you are hampering your metabolic process.


There are numerous genetic metabolic disorders caused by a single gene that is carried by families from generations. Some of those are-

Maple syrup urine disease (in the Mennonite community)

Gaucher’s disease (in Jewish people from Eastern Europe)

Hemochromatosis (in Caucasians in the U.S)

Cystic fibrosis (in European heritage)

Deficiency in hormone or enzyme:

For example, if pituitary glands stop producing growth hormones, it will eventually result in a decline in energy levels and will also increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.  

Excessive consumption of certain food items:

Just eating junk and food items which are rich in carbs and fats, will eventually invite problem like obesity and heart diseases and both of them are linked with metabolic disorders.

Inactive lifestyle:

Just sitting around and not including any form of exercise in your daily routine will surely make you inactive and invite at some ailment in your body.


  • High blood sugar levels
  • High cholesterol 
  • Excessive body fat around the waist 
  • High blood pressure

Common Types of metabolic disorders:


It is the most common type of metabolic disorder.

Lack of insulin in overtime in our body results in - nerve and kidney damage, weakening of eyesight, and even increase the risk of heart diseases. 

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Hereditary hemochromatosis:

When overload of iron gets stores in various organs, resulting in heart disease, liver cancer, diabetes, and liver cirrhosis.

Gaucher’s Disease:

In this, the failure of breaking down a particular kind of fat stops, which then starts getting stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow, resulting in bone damage, pain, and sometimes even death. 

Phenylketonuria (PKU):

It’s a disorder when an enzyme called phenylalanine hydroxylase, is not produced. It causes problems like mental retardation, organ damage, and abnormal posture.

Glucose Galactose Malabsorption: 

 It is a condition when glucose and galactose are not traveled properly across the stomach linings.

It causes problems like diarrhea and dehydration.

Preventive Measures: 

Seek help from a doctor:

If you feel like you are having one or two symptoms, then you should not wait and seek help immediately. Make sure you get your self diagnosed and are taking medication on time. 

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Eat healthy food:

As the saying goes “health is wealth”, include veggies, fruits, nuts and legumes in your diet, make sure you are eating food at the right time as well, as our digestive system releases hormones at a specific time, and if you are eating at that point of time, it will disrupt the cycle. Here is one video that will help you with this.

Keep a check on your diet:

Stop eating mindlessly, aim for a nutrition-packed diet that has all the essential vitamins and minerals as well.

If you can’t figure that out on your own, consult a dietician and make a diet plan with their help.

Keep a check on your blood sugar level:

As its one of the symptoms and if you have diabetes, please start monitoring your blood sugar levels and consult your doctor and make changes according to your present condition.

Start exercising:

Get that body moving, make room for a workout regime in your life, and stick with it. I agree it isn’t easy and takes a lot of persistence, but what’s the point of having a body who isn’t helping you and becoming a hurdle for your health and wellness. 

Do yoga as it helps to boost our metabolism, here is one video for you.


One must take care of his/her body and educate themselves about food and nutrition, as it will help them to make better and healthier food choices. After all, we are what we eat.

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Hope you found this helpful