Practice of Medicine: Disorders of Metabolism
Metabolic disease is defined as a disease due to abnormal biochemistry, usually as a result of an absent or deficient enzyme. Metabolic diseases also are known as inborn errors of metabolism. This is indeed a vast topic from Practice of Medicine and important because metabolism forms the very basis of sustenance of life. There are a huge number of metabolic processes in human body running simultaneously in order to maintain the body in a state of health. But equally large is the number of metabolic diseases which come up as a consequence of a fault in any of these metabolic processes.
The subject of Metabolic Diseases is vast and complex. Attempt has been made to cover metabolic diseases in a systematic and simplified manner. The disorders have been classified into disorders of homeostasis, acid base imbalance, metabolism of biomolecules and porphyrias. A detailed module on Diabetes Mellitus has been added with an aim to cover this disorder of carbohydrate metabolism in depth because it is also a lifestyle disorder and an extremely common ailment in today’s medical practice.
- 1. What is Metabolic Disease? FREE 18 min
- 8. Acid Base Imbalance 47 min
- 9. Porphyrias 36 min
Importance: A. Metabolic Diseases, though rare may be encountered in a number of patients who appear before the physician with an apparently unrelated complaint. Thus, it is important to be well versed with metabolic diseases so as to be able to deal with them efficiently. B. Some metabolic diseases like Diabetes Mellitus have now become lifestyle disorders and are the major cause of blindness, amputations and death due to serious complications while other metabolic diseases like Porphyrias are nearly neglected as they are rare. Since both deserve judicious handling on part of the physician, it is important to be adept at it.
Beneficiaries: UG/PG Students
A. The course deals with the most important metabolic diseases covered in a way that the learner will be able to relate them with normal physiology and understand the deviation from normal which led to the development of the given disease.
B. Each module has been incorporated with the latest advancements and researches in the field of metabolic diseases to allow the learner to upgrade the conceptual knowledge as well as update himself/ herself with the latest facts and figures.