Von Gierke disease is actually a group of inherited metabolic disorders which all involve glycogen storage. Glycogen is converted to glucose to fuel muscles, and so problems with its metabolism affect the whole body. The diseases are inherited, through recessive characteristics. Therefore both parents must be carriers for their offspring to have a chance of having these problems.


Much like diabetes, another disease in which blood sugar levels are an issue the sufferer must follow a severely restricted diet. Feeding is necessary during the night. Allopurinol can be used to control gout, as it lowers the levels of uric acid in the blood.