GSD and me

What are glycogen storage diseases?

Glycogen storage diseases (GSDs) are inherited disorders of carbohydrate metabolism. If you have a liver glycogen storage disease, you are prone to hypoglycaemia, or low levels of glucose in the blood. 

Management of GSDs

If you have any of the liver GSDs, the main aims of management are to prevent you experiencing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose level) and to help you achieve normal growth and a healthy lifestyle. In a lot of cases, all of this can be successfully achieved through careful dietary control. In some cases, you may need medications or other medical treatments alongside your dietary management. 

Living with GSD

With modern-day management, having a liver GSD should never hold you back from living a full and active life. The key to success is being prepared. This includes making sure you have all the information required for the different aspects of your life.

My GSD Adventure

If you or a family member has just been given a diagnosis of GSD, you may be feeling uncertain. This section of the website is dedicated to individuals and families sharing their experiences of GSD including any challenges they face and how they overcome them.

Support Groups

With GSD being so uncommon, you may not know anybody else affected by it. Support groups can be invaluable in helping you reach out to others with GSD. In addition to supplying both online and physical resources, they can provide links, though both their meetings and their helplines, to the wider GSD community. Contact details for some of the major GSD support groups in the UK are listed below;

Connect with AGSD UK
Connect with Metabolic Support UK