What is Galactosemia?
By: Geena Goldshteyn
Galactosemia is a disorder that affects how your body processes a simple sugar called galactose.
Classic galactosemia occurs in 1 in 30,000 to 60,000 newborns.
Galactosemia happens when your GALE, GALK1, and GALT genes malfunction. When these genes malfunction galactose can no longer be transformed into glucose meaning that energy cannot be made using glucose.
What causes galactosemia?
This image shows what Galactosemia can cause.