Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Our son Gregory has a rare metabolic disease called "Galactosemia". He lacks the enzyme in his body to break down the sugar, galactose. Galactose is mainly found in ALL dairy products and other things as well. Here is medical discription:

Galactosemia is an inherited disorder. This means it is passed down through families.
It occurs in approximately 1 out of every 60,000 births among Caucasians. The rate is different for other groups.
There are three forms of the disease:
  • Galactose-1 phosphate uridyl transferase deficiency (classic galactosemia, the most common and most severe form)
  • Deficiency of galactose kinase
  • Deficiency of galactose-6-phosphate epimerase
People with galactosemia are unable to fully break down the simple sugar galactose. Galactose makes up half of lactose, the sugar found in milk. The other sugar is glucose.
If an infant with galactosemia is given milk, substances made from galactose build up in the infant's system. These substances damage the liver, brain, kidneys, and eyes.
Persons with galactosemia cannot tolerate any form of milk (human or animal). They must be careful about eating other foods containing galactose.

Parents of Galactosemic Children
Galacotsemia Discription 


  1. Thanks Phishy, Keep writing sweetheart

  2. Thanks Phishy please keep blogging.

  3. I found this to be wonderful. I have a 19 month old grandson, who also has Galactosemia. We had never heard of this. we have no one to share things with, and our genetic team and dietician are over and hour away. We no, no other families to share with. So reading this was some comfort, and I no we are not alone. thank you, Jude


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