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What are lipid storage disorders?

Lipid storage disorders, also known as lipidoses, are genetically based metabolic diseases where your body fails to properly break down lipids. Lipids are a range of fatty substances in your body that perform important functions in many cells of the body, including cells in certain organs and nerve cells. Some common lipid storage disorders are Gaucher disease (types 1, 2, and 3), Niemann-Pick disease, Tay-Sachs disease, and Fabry disease, although there are many other less common lipid storage disorders.

All lipid storage disorders involve problems with the body's enzymes, which are the substances that break down lipids. Most lipid storage disorders involve either a lack of the necessary enzymes to process lipids, or enzymes that do not correctly process and store lipids. These enzyme abnormalities lead to excess fatty substances in certain tissues of the body, which can cause irreversible damage to those tissues.

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Do lipid storage disorders affect children differently than adults?
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Because they are genetically inherited, lipid storage disorders are present from birth. This means t...
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How are enzymes involved in lipid storage disorders?
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Lipid storage disorders are the results of faulty genes. These genes normally help the body produce ...
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What is the duration of a lipid storage disorder?
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Since lipid storage disorders have no cure, they never disappear once they develop. Also, because th...
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How do I manage my lipid storage disorder on a daily basis?
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The most common way of managing lipid storage disorders is by treating the symptoms and side effects...
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