Von Gierke disease is actually a group of inherited metabolic
disorders which all involve glycogen storage. Glycogen
is converted to glucose
to fuel muscle
s, and so problems with its metabolism affect
the whole body. The diseases are inherited, through recessive characteristics. Therefore both parents must be carriers for their offspring to have a chance of having these problems.
Much like diabetes
, another disease in which blood sugar levels are an issue the sufferer must follow a severely restricted diet. Feeding is necessary during the night. Allopurinol
can be used to control gout
, as it lowers the levels of uric acid
in the blood.