GSD is hereditary
WHAT CAUSES GSD?
When both parents are carriers, with each pregnancy there is a:
- 25% (1 out of 4) chance that the child will inherit 2 normal genes, and will be neither a carrier or affected by the disorder
- 50% (2 out of 4) chance that the child will inherit one normal and 1 mutated gene, and will be a carrier of the disorder (but not be affected by the disorder)
- 25% (1 out of 4) chance that the child will inherit 2 mutated genes, one from each parent, and will be affected by the disorder
GSD1 occurs in approximately 1 in 100,000 births. There are over 10 different known types of GSD with Type 1 being the most common. The condition affects males and females equally in any population group. The prevalence of GSD1 in Ashkinazi Jews is approximately 1 in 20,000 births.
In 2015, the Children's Fund for GSD Research was instrumental in getting GSD1 added to the prenatal screening panel for genetic diseases.
Glycogen Storage Disease is an inherited recessive genetic disorder.
Signs & Symptoms
The primary symptom of GSD1 in infancy is a low blood sugar level.
Diet is the cornerstone of treatment.
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