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Caring for rare podcast: season 1, episode 2

Growing up with MSUD – an interview with 8-year-old Carter Coleman & his parents Nutricia North America’s new podcast – Caring for Rare – explores what life is like with a rare metabolic disorder such as phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), and homocystinuria (HCU). Episodes feature families’ personal stories of inborn errors of …

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Caring for rare podcast: season 1, episode 1

Raising Young Children With PKU – An Interview With Lacy Shaffer And Julie Bolduc Defilippo Nutricia North America’s new podcast – Caring for Rare – explores what life is like with a rare metabolic disorder such as phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), and homocystinuria (HCU). Episodes feature families’ personal stories of inborn errors …

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Caring for Rare Podcast

Nutricia North America’s podcast – Caring for Rare – explores what life is like with a rare metabolic disorder such as phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), and homocystinuria (HCU). Episodes feature families’ personal stories of inborn errors of metabolism. Our guests on the show share their difficulties at diagnosis, changes they made to …

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Introducing NutriciaMetabolics.com

From little moments to big ones, we’re here for you Nutricia is proud to launch our newly redesigned NutriciaMetabolics.com website, formerly known as MedicalFood.com. NutriciaMetabolics.com has been rebuilt with you in mind. Our aim is to provide the Metabolic community with support from the littlest moments in life to the biggest ones. Here are a …

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Restaurant Food Guides: Common Low Protein Options on Restaurant Menus

Just because you have a metabolic condition like phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), homocystinuria (HCU), or another inborn error of metabolism disorder doesn’t mean you can’t order restaurant food. Here are helpful tips for navigating common restaurant menus in the U.S. and Canada and finding low protein options that fit your diet. Remember …

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Sending Your Child to Daycare with a Special Diet

When your child has a metabolic disorder, the idea of daycare can feel stressful and overwhelming. Rest assured that young children with metabolic disorders go to daycare every day and receive excellent care! A child with a special diet is nothing new to daycare centers nowadays. Daycares typically have protocols in place to ensure your …

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How to Explain Your Metabolic Disorder to Friends

Friends are so important to have in your life. Deciding to tell people that you have an inborn error of metabolism – such as phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), homocystinuria (HCU), or another condition – is a personal decision. We’re here to help if you feel like opening up to your friends about …

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Running on Inspiration: Learn how Kristin manages her HCU disorder during marathon training

12 marathons, 19 half marathons, 100-mile bike rides, and triathlons: Kristin Rapp’s athletic achievements are impressive. What’s more is that Kristin has Homocystinuria (HCU) and manages the low protein diet while training. How does she do it? What keeps her motivated? We sat down with Kristin to answer this and more. Kristin was diagnosed with …

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Sports Nutrition Basics for Active Individuals with Disorders of Amino Acid Metabolism – Part 2

We talked about general topics of sports nutrition in our last blog — let’s now discuss what is important BEFORE, DURING and AFTER exercise for people with an inborn error of amino acid metabolism such as Phenylketonuria (PKU), Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) or Homocystinuria (HCU). Before getting started, it is important to know that …

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Sports Nutrition Basics for Active Individuals with Disorders of Amino Acid Metabolism – Part 1

Participating in sports and fitness provides many benefits for health and wellbeing—and this holds true for many people with inherited metabolic disorders. Plenty of members of the metabolic community run races, dance, and play team sports to stay fit. James, a college sophomore with Phenylketonuria (PKU), for example, plays club soccer. (Read our interview with …

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Tips from college student on how to maintain a low protein diet while at school

Reflections from a rising sophomore managing PKU and a busy schedule This time last year as James Fryer was beginning his first year of college at Willamette University, he knew he was heading into a big life transition. Some of the adjustments proved more stressful than he anticipated. “Always remembering, on my own, to have …

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Helpful ways to prepare for back-to-school for a 7th grader with PKU

Tips and wisdom from a parent of a PKU 7th grader “I feel like I’m pulled in four different directions all summer!” says Heather Bomar of Brentwood, Tennessee, in describing her busy but fun summer season. Her four children, including 12-year-old Ellis who has classical Phenylketonuria (PKU), do a variety of activities over the summer. …

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