What are metabolic abnormalities?
A metabolic abnormality can occur if your body’s normal metabolic process is disrupted, or fails to function properly. It can happen if you have a deficiency or absence of hormones or enzymes. They are required for metabolism’s chemical process to work normally. Without them, your body will have too much or too little of the substances you need to live.
Metabolic abnormalities can occur if you inherit an abnormality, also called inborn errors of metabolism. Abnormalities can also occur due to a behavior that’s causing your metabolism to malfunction called acquired abnormality. Acquired metabolic abnormalities are linked to unhealthy lifestyles such as being inactive or overweight. Metabolic abnormalities can also develop if an internal organ stops functioning properly.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is how your body converts food and beverages into energy and gets rid of water and wastes. The energy conversion happens through a process of chemical reactions. These reactions let your body use energy for fuel immediately or store it for future use. Your body needs energy constantly for brain activity, blood circulation, breathing, repairing cells and physical activity.
Are there different types of metabolic abnormalities?
There are hundreds of metabolic abnormalities, disorders and diseases. The most common metabolic disease is type 2 diabetes.
Other metabolic abnormalities include: