About Morbus Pompe

Pompe disease, also known as glycogen storage disease type II, is a rare and often overlooked disease that attacks the body from the inside out.
The disease is the result of a deficiency in an enzyme called acid alpha-glucosidase, which is responsible for breaking down glycogen in our cells. Glycogen is a form of sugar that is stored in our body's cells and converted into energy when needed. However, in people with Pompe disease, this enzyme is present in insufficient amounts or does not function properly, causing glycogen to accumulate in the cells.
The consequences are far-reaching and include gradual weakening of the muscles and progressive respiratory weakness. The severity and onset of symptoms can vary from person to person.
In some people, the disease manifests in infancy with extremely weak muscles and breathing problems, while others may not develop symptoms until adulthood.
Pompe disease currently has no cure, but there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
However, despite the treatment options available, research and resources are still needed to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of people with Pompe disease. Support from organizations and individuals raising funds for research and awareness of this disease is critical.

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