Mucopolysaccharidosis is a group of metabolic disorders caused by the absence of enzymes needed to break down long chains of sugar carbohydrates in the body's cells. These chains of sugar carbohydrates, glycosaminoglycans, help build bone, corneas, tendons, cartilage, skin and connective tissue.
People with MPS fail to produce one of eleven enzymes which break down the sugar chains. These chains build up over time in cells and can lead to progressive damage which can affect appearance, mental development, physical abilities and the functions of organs.
Today has seen people wearing blue (or purple in the US) to show support and help spread awareness for MPS.
The Irish MPS Society is a voluntary group which represents and supports children and adults suffering from Mucopolysaccharide and related diseases, their families, carers and professionals. Many people’s first knowledge that MPS syndromes exist is when a child or relative is diagnosed with the condition. The society hopes to change that, while also providing those people with a support network.
More information on MPS in Ireland can be found at MPS Society.ie
The Irish MPS Society have put together the awareness video below.