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Why do doctors look at the diet of people with a urea cycle disorder (UCD)?

Doctors look at the diet of people with a urea cycle disorder (UCD) because people with a UCD need a low protein diet. A UCD affects how the body handles protein. With a UCD, the enzymes don’t work properly. This means that the ammonia in the blood isn’t broken down, so the body can’t get rid of it. The ammonia builds up, which causes lots of problems for the body. Too much protein in the diet can lead to even more ammonia being produced by the body’s cells, which can make things worse. That’s why it’s so important to plan meals that are low in protein and control how much protein goes into the body.

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