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What are metabolic disorders?

Metabolic disorders disrupt the body's ability to make or break down important substances found in food, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. These substances supply the body with energy and enable it to grow and repair itself. When the body has too much or too little of these substances, major health problems can develop. The severity of metabolic disorders can vary, and in some cases, dietary supplements, medications, or special diets can help treat the disorder.

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