A selected group of genetic conditions affects our metabolism. Metabolism involves chemical reactions that your body needs to provide energy and maintain life. For example, certain enzymes enable your body to use or store the food you eat or the chemicals your body produces. Your body also breaks down substances it no longer needs or makes those it doesn’t have.
Inherited metabolic conditions fall into different categories based on which chemicals are affected and whether there are too many, not enough or none altogether. Some inherited metabolic disorders are diagnosed through newborn screening. Others aren’t apparent until they develop into a medical condition. Medical genetics professionals also diagnose and treat inherited metabolic disorders.
Specialists in genetics and metabolism with University of Minnesota Health have many years of experience in diagnosing and treating genetic and metabolic disorders. Medical geneticists are physicians who provide diagnosis and treatment for genetic conditions. They are certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics.
M Health adult and pediatric patients with a genetic or metabolic disorder are treated by multidisciplinary teams that can include medical genetics physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, metabolic dietitians and neuropsychologists.
Our genetics services providers are also actively involved in clinical and academic research, public health, scientific collaborations and education. Our program is the primary program in Minnesota to diagnose and care for people with inborn errors of metabolism across their lifespan.