IamA 17 year old male living with phenylketonuria (PKU): A rare genetic disease that would leave me brain dead if I didn't follow a strict low protein diet. AMA!
My short bio: Phenylketonuria is a genetic metabolic disorder that affects about one in every ten to twenty thousand Caucasians and Asians. I have stuck to a very low protein diet since being diagnosed at 5 days old and am healthier than most of my peers today. PKU is a pretty rare disorder, and I get a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd answer any questions you may have about it whether you have or have not heard of it before.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/bMXRH7d That bottle in the photo is my prescription. The label reads, "MEDICAL FOOD PRODUCT For the dietary management of phenylketonuria (PKU) DISPENSED BY PRESCRIPTION"
Edit: Thanks for all the questions, I'm really enjoying getting to answer you guys! I'm just going to have to take a break real quick, I'll check back later.
Edit 2: Damn! Front page! Thanks for all the questions, some are really interesting and I'm glad to spread my knowledge. I'm trying to get as many questions answered as I can, but with 1000 comments and climbing, that will be tough. I'll be here for a little while longer and I'll come back to this post every now and then to answer more questions.
Edit 3: To clear up a common question: No I do not lift, bro
Edit 4: WOW, reddit gold! Thank you, kind stranger!