Phenylketonuria, or PKU, is a rare genetic disorder that affects a person’s metabolism. If untreated, PKU results in permanent brain damage. Screening for PKU takes place for all newborn babies in the Republic of Ireland, and across the UK and Europe. In Ireland approximately 1 in every 4,500 babies is diagnosed with PKU – a relatively high incidence rate, compared to the UK where it is believed to be closer to 1 in every 12,000 babies. People with PKU are unable to break down an amino acid called phenylalanine (phe). This is a natural substance found in food; a building block of protein, but in people with PKU, phe builds up in the blood and in the brain and can cause serious problems. Tthe PKU Association of Ireland. Our purpose is to help and support those affected by PKU, and other metabolic disorders that can be managed just like PKU.
PKU Day 2021, today, which aims to highlight the need for LIFELONG Care for all living with PKU, simply follow the example of Caolan, Miachael and Ryan and:
- take a selfie with the sign #supportingPKU #PKUday2021
- share the photo using theses hashtags.