Thanks for visiting my page, and in doing so, helping me to raising money, and awareness for Alpha 1 (alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency).
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency is a genetic disorder characterised by the production in the liver of an abnormal AAT protein. The liver cells cannot secrete this abnormal AAT protein, which accumulates within the cells and results in a marked reduction of circulating AAT levels. In the lungs low-levels of AAT allow for the destructive effects of neutrophil elastase to go unchecked. This results in damage to the delicate gas exchange region of the lungs (alveoli), leading to emphysema in people as young as 30 years of age.
For support, and information, go to: http://www.alpha1awareness.org.uk/
This one's for you Alan! :)