Author Archives: Emily Malcolm, PhD

High-protein Diet for Pompe Disease

Pompe disease is a rare disease in which glycogen, a complex sugar molecule, builds up in cells and tissues. This buildup interferes with function, especially in muscles. Changes to diet and feeding methods may help alleviate or slow the progression of some disease symptoms. One dietary…

Prenatal Diagnosis for Pompe Disease

If you are at risk of transmitting Pompe disease to your children, you may be thinking about your reproductive options and interested in prenatal diagnostic testing. What is prenatal diagnosis? Prenatal diagnosis involves performing a genetic test on your baby before birth. Getting genetic material from…

Pompe Disease and Pregnancy

Pompe disease is a rare disorder caused by mutations in a gene called GAA, which provides instructions for making an important enzyme called acid alpha-glucosidase (also known as acid maltase). This enzyme is responsible for breaking down a sugar molecule called glycogen to provide energy to…