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Smell like fish?  3 “disgusting” signs of a metabolic disorder

Smell like fish? 3 “disgusting” signs of a metabolic disorder

These three “disgusting” signs could indicate a metabolic disorder

1. Strong body odor

A very strong or unpleasant body odor can be an indicator of certain metabolic disorders, such as trimethylaminuria or “fishy odor syndrome.” In this rare genetic disorder, the enzyme that breaks down trimethylamine is not produced enough. As a result, trimethylamine accumulates in the body and is excreted in sweat, urine, and breath, resulting in a strong fish-like odor.

2. Digestive system problems

Metabolic disorders can cause digestive problems. Persistent diarrhea, constipation, or unusually foul-smelling stool may indicate problems with digestion and absorption of nutrients. This can be due to various diseases such as celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or Crohn’s disease. Such disorders affect the digestive process and can lead to unpleasant symptoms.

3. Unusual changes in the skin

Skin condition can also be an indicator of metabolic problems. Some metabolic disorders, such as porphyria, may cause skin changes such as blistering, eczema, or increased sensitivity to sunlight. The skin is an important organ for detoxification, and when its metabolism is disturbed, it can experience negative changes that can manifest in various skin problems. These signs should be checked by a doctor.

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