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Galactosaemia is condition in which the body cannot process or ‘metabolise’ the sugar galactose. The main dietary source of galactose is lactose, the natural sugar in milk and other dairy products. After milk is ingested an enzyme breaks the lactose down into glucose and galactose. Different enzymes then process the galactose into more glucose to be used by our bodies as energy. In people with galactosaemia, galactose is not metabolised and stays in the blood (hence the name galactos-: galactose; -aemia: in the blood). The levels build up and cause complications such as an enlarged liver, cataracts, brain damage and kidney failure. Untreated, galactosaemia can be life threatening.

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