Urea Cycle Disorders (UCDs)
A UCD is a condition that affects how your body breaks down protein, from foods such as meat, eggs and dairy (like milk or cheese), or for example during high-intensity exercise, or when fasting. All the food you eat gets broken down in our digestive system, and the body gets to benefit from vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, protein and more. If you have a UCD, you may need to take steps to manage your ammonia levels and symptoms. Finding the right treatment plan can allow you to live your life to the fullest.
Living with a urea cycle disorder (UCD) can be challenging, but there is a lot you can do to manage your UCD and feel better in your everyday life. UCD and You is dedicated to people like you, and parents who are taking care of children with a UCD. Find out the essential facts, like what triggers a rise in ammonia levels and how to prevent it, which diet is right for you and what lifestyle changes are necessary.