Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (FAODs) are a group of rare, metabolic disorders in which the body cannot break down fat into usable energy
Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders
Fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAODs) encompass a group of rare metabolic conditions that hinder the body’s ability to break down fat for energy production. In times of stress, such as illness or fasting, the body relies on fats as a crucial energy source. However, individuals with FAODs face challenges in utilizing fats effectively during these periods, leading to various symptoms that can range from acute to chronic and, in severe cases, even result in sudden death.
Living with an FAOD can be likened to running a household on two AA batteries that never charge beyond 20%. The energy-intensive appliances and systems in the home, like the refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner, and lights, require a constant and reliable energy source to function optimally. Similarly, individuals with FAODs struggle with limited energy availability due to the impaired breakdown of fats.
Managing an FAOD necessitates special care to maintain sufficient energy levels and prevent energy crashes. When the individual’s oral intake cannot meet the energy demands, alternative fuel sources such as sugar or glucose may be administered orally or intravenously (IV) to avert an energy crash and stabilize energy levels.
At MitoAction, we understand the complexities of FAODs and provide valuable resources to support individuals and families navigating these conditions. Our comprehensive FAOD resources offer information on diagnosis, management strategies, dietary considerations, and the latest research advancements. We aim to empower individuals living with FAODs, their caregivers, and healthcare providers with the knowledge and tools needed to optimize their quality of life and promote well-being.
Explore our FAOD resources and join our supportive community to access reliable information, connect with others facing similar challenges, and find solace in knowing you are not alone in your FAOD journey. Together, we can make a difference and enhance the lives of those affected by fatty acid oxidation disorders.