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Why can't people with UCDs just stop eating protein to fix the problem?

If people with a urea cycle disorder (UCD) don’t eat any protein at all, it is just as bad as if they eat a lot of protein. If they don't eat any protein, their body will try and make its own by breaking down muscles, which are full of protein. This can lead to the same problems as eating too much protein. That’s why it’s important to eat foods with just the right amount of protein, like low-protein pasta and cereals, and vegetables and fruit.

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