Tag Archives: Porphyria

Weight Loss & Acute Porphyria

Being overweight is a particular problem in patients with one of the acute porphyrias because reducing the intakes of carbohydrate and energy in an effort to lose weight can worsen these diseases. Severe acute attacks have occurred in patients who attempted to lose weight rapidly with very low energy diets. Patients with acute Porphyria should… Read More »

Porphyrins & Porphyria Diagnosis

The porphyrias are caused by deficiencies of enzymes of the heme biosynthetic pathway. This pathway, like other chemical pathways in the body, is a sequence of steps leading to a final product, in this case heme. Heme is essential for life, and each enzyme is also essential, because it is responsible for one of the… Read More »