Lauren’s PKU Story

  • Phenylketonuria (also known as PKU) is a congenital disorder that increases the levels of phenylalanine in the blood. Phenylalanine is the building block of proteins that are obtained through dietary intake of food such as meat, fish, beans, eggs  and some artificial sweeteners;
  • If left untreated, phenylalanine can build up to harmful levels in the body, causing permanent intellectual disability and other serious health problems;
  • Affected infants usually become apparent by 6 months of age with signs of mental retardation;
  • PKU affects 1 in about 15,000 births.