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Celebrate PKU Awareness Month with a Toast to PK-YOU!

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How do you manage PKU?

Nutritional Management of PKU:

Since all foods with protein contain phenylalanine (PHE), a person with PKU must restrict the amount and types of food containing protein. For this reason, PKU is managed with a low-PHE diet consisting of foods low in protein and a PHE-free metabolic formula.

The main sources of foods with protein allowed in the low-PHE diet are fruits and vegetabiStock_000015639017Mediumles, and a limited amount of cereals and grains.

In addition to foods, individuals with PKU must drink a special PKU metabolic formula to supply the body with the necessary protein requirements the body needs for growth and maintenance, without the addition of the offending amino acid, PHE. There is also a wide range of commercially available low protein food products available for today’s PKU population. Click to View Nutricia’s Full Range of PKU products.

Nutrition management of PKU includes frequent monitoring of blood PHE levels and regular clinic visits. Blood PHE levels can be measured either at the clinic or hospital, or collected at home and mailed to the clinic for analysis. Managed blood PHE levels in persons with PKU are between 120-360 umol/L (2-6 mg/dL)1 .

Symptoms of Elevated Blood PHE Levels:

All patients with PKU, who are not started on diet immediately, will begin to build-up PHE in the blood and brain.

In an infant with classic PKU, poorly controlled PHE levels will result in irreversible brain damage. Therefore, it is essential that each infant who is diagnosed with PKU be started on a low-PHE diet to lower and maintain PHE levels within an appropriate range as soon after birth as possible.

If a child or adult previously diagnosed with PKU, and on diet, decides to discontinue the diet, he or she will begin to build up PHE in the blood, which may increase PHE levels in the brain. Over time, toxic levels of PHE in the brain can result in a change in their brain executive functions.

Executive function involves thinking skills, memory, and concentration, all of which can decline with high PHE levels. Also, an adult might feel shaky and clumsy.

If an adult is exposed to high brain PHE levels for a long enough time, IQ losses may occur. For Adult Imagethese reasons, it is important that persons with PKU stay on the low-PHE diet for life1,2.

 

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To learn more about the PKU diet or for assistance returning to the PKU diet plan email DietforLife@nutricia.com or call 800-605-0410.

References:

1.. Singh RH, Rohr F, Frazier D, et al. Recommendations for the nutrition management of phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency. Genet Med. 2014;16(2):121-31.

  1. Thompson AJ, Smith T, Brenton D et al.: Neurological deterioration in young adults with phenylketonuria. Lancet 1990; 336:602-605

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What is PKU?

What is PKU?

PKU is short for Phenyketonuria. PKU is a genetic disorder that a child inherits from both parents. For a child to be born with PKU both parents must either be carriers of PKU or have PKU, which means they carry at least one PKU gene.

PKU occurs due to a deficiency or absence of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH), which interferes with a person’s ability to metabolize or process the amino acid phenylalanine (PHE) into tyrosine, another amino acid. Amino acids, like PHE, are the building blocks of protein found in food and the human body. Consuming too much PHE from food can lead to a toxic build-up of PHE in the blood and brain of a person with PKU. Without treatment, this buildup of PHE will cause irreversible brain damage.

Presently, there is no cure for PKU, but it can be managed effectively with proper diet and special nutritional formulas designed for persons with PKU.  View products.

Incidence of PKUAutosomalRecessiveInheritance

In order for an individual to have PKU, both parents must pass along their PKU gene to their child. When both parents are carriers of PKU, there is 1 in 4 chance with each pregnancy that the child will have PKU, 1 in 2 chance of the child being a carrier, and 1 in 4 chance that the child will neither have PKU nor be a carrier.

It is estimated that one out of 10,000 live births has decreased PAH activity(1). Autosomal Recessive Inheritance Normal Gene Carrier Non Carrier Carrier Carrier PKU Carrier PKU Gene Phenylketonuria (PKU) *Phenotype- observable traits, outward appearances, development or behavior.

Newborn Screening for PKU

Newborn screening for PKU began in the US and Canada in the 1960s. It is important that an infant is diagnosed and managed with diet within days after birth to prevent permanent negative effects from PKU.

Nutricia provides a range of PKU formulas and low protein foods.  Learn more online at www.MedicalFood.com or contact us at (800) 605-0410 for free product samples.

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Nutricia is a proud supporter of PKU Awareness Month and the National PKU Alliance

Nutricia is a proud supporter of PKU Awareness Month and the National PKU Alliance

References
1. Vockley J, Andersson HC, Antshel KM, et al. Phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency: diagnosis and management guideline. Genet Med. 2014;16(2):188-200.