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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am wondering if i have a leucine metabolism disorder?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hey, im 21 years old.. i like lift weights a lot and recently started taking a leucine supplement
User :   it works great but i noticed it made me have a strong foot odor
Doctor :   Do you have a maple syrup like smell or odour from your body ?
User :   i read that people with the disorder give off the smell of sweat feet. but its only my feet with the odor and not the rest of my body
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Have you undergone a test for that ?
User :   like my shirts smell normal but my shoes and socks are strong
User :   and they have never smelled before
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Please do not worry
User :   i didnt experience any nausea or vomited, just the odor
Doctor :   Have you had any uncalled for , or without ay proper reason any vomitings , etc. since child hood ?
User :   no i have been healthy as can be
User :   ive ony vomited maybe twice my whole life
Doctor :   Ok, That is encouraging.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but i stopped the pills and the odor has went away... is it possible that the increased leucine just added the odor to sweat?
Doctor :   I shall say you dont have a leucine defective metabolism
Doctor :   but still if you want to get a test done and doubly confirm it you need to go to a genetic disorder specilaist or a general physician specialising in biochemistry
Doctor :   He will run through a specific test called the leucine,isoleucine,valine tests
User :   ok, is it basically a blood test?
Doctor :   Yes it is
Doctor :   they do 3 tests as they have 3 amino acids related to it : User :   but since leucine is broken down into isovaleric acid and causes foot odors.. is it possible that just the increase in leucine is allow me to notice my foot odor?
Doctor :   1. isoleucineglycine test
Doctor :   2.isovalerylglycine test
Doctor :   3.isovaleryl carnitine test
Doctor :   all 3 are blood tests or plasma tests
Doctor :   as urine tests are not confirmatory.
User :   but since leucine is broken down into isovaleric acid and causes foot odors.. is it possible that just the increase in leucine is allow me to notice my foot odor?
Doctor :   Yes , either leucine or iso-leucine can cause the foot odor
Doctor :   Hope you have followed ?
User :   Ok, well that makes me feel a little better. I might try to finish the bottle so its not a complete waste of money.
Doctor :   Do you have anything else I can answer or help you with ?
User :   have soon can brain damage occur if it is a problem?
Doctor :   It would have ocurred since the child hood and children have regular seizures , did you have any ?
User :   no, none.
Doctor :   Do you have hypoglycemia ?
User :   No
Doctor :   please do not panic, you ar efine
Doctor :   but can get a check done
Doctor :   the 3 test that i advised
Doctor :   thank you for ocnsulting me
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   bye for now
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