The Diet for Galactosemia



  • Classical galactosemia can result in life-threatening complications including failure to thrive, hepatocellular damage, and E. coli sepsis in untreated infants.

  • Initiation of a soy formula or a lactose-free medical food within the first few days of life can mitigate these complications.

  • Patients with classical galactosemia are at increased risk for developmental delay, speech problems, and neurological complications, even with lifelong dietary treatment.

  • Dairy products are the primary source of dietary galactose.

  • Galactose is produced endogenously and accounts for a greater contribution to the total galactose pool than the small amounts of galactose found in plant-based foods.


Bone Mineral Density Dietary Reference Intake Elemental Formula Lactose Content Premature Ovarian Insufficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Genetics and MetabolismChildren’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics and Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, School of MedicineOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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