An easier diet plan
Laura developed anorexia in her mid-teens and stopped eating from one day to the next. Her dietician suggested PreKUnil tablets as a solution that would allow her to have a more liberal diet, and allow her to take just 36 tablets a day, split across three meals.
“One of the issues was my strict diet. I hated everything about it – the powder, weighing the food, the lists of what I could and couldn't eat. PreKUnil was a great solution for me.” she said.
It’s not unusual to struggle with guilt around food, especially when you are a PKU patient. The PreKUnil tablets allowed her to eat a much more regular diet, so she could eat burgers with her friends without a guilty conscience. The freedom to eat what she wants to, most of the time, allows Laura to eat a diet with a lot of fish and chicken in it, plus healthy (and protein-rich) skyr every morning.
“Now I feel like I’m in control of my PKU, not the other way around,” she said. “I sometimes even forget I have it! All patients are different, and this solution doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s right for me, and I feel really happy and lucky to be on these pills.”
Laura has been highly active in the PKU community, planning events for Denmark's young PKU organization (Unge med PKU) when she was younger. She occasionally still attends PKU conferences across Europe, and meets young people on strict diets who are amazed that she can follow such a liberal diet.
Freedom to live a normal life
“I notice in some young European patients, there is a fear around trying something new, or what might be seen as experimenting. But I always say that these products have been clinically proven to work and you can always go back to your previous solution if it isn’t for you! I have tried my old product three times over the last twelve years to see if there is a difference in how I feel. The only difference I see is that I have a much more restricted diet with my previous powder, and much more freedom with PreKUnil. I think it’s worth a try!”
Helping other people has been a key focus to Laura’s life so far. She has spent the past few years as an entrepreneur, especially focused on projects in the sustainability sector, and is now training to be a nurse.
“The best thing is that PreKUnil gives me the freedom to live a normal life, and a calmness within myself”, she said.
Prekulab's mission is to improve the quality of PKU patients' life. Established in 1970, the firm is a specialist in the field of PKU research and products, and uses its substantial knowledge about the area to develop new solutions to help families and those affected by PKU to lead as normal a life as possible. It is a pioneer in the use of LNAA, allowing PKU patients to follow a more liberal diet plan. These advances allow patients to take control of their PKU and live a more ordinary life despite their condition. More information on Prekulab and its clinical research is available on the professionals page.
NeoPhe Tablets and Powder
Our newest and most advanced LNAA product gives double protection from Phe, stopping it from entering the brain and also inhibiting entry to the blood. Clinically proven NeoPhe is available in odour and flavourless tablets and citrus-flavoured powder, and allows PKU patients to get up to 80% of their protein intake from a normal diet.NeoPhe tablets NeoPhe powder
NeoPhe Tablets and Powder
This advanced product pioneered the use of LNAAs in the treatment of phenylketonuria. It has been successful for PKU patients for more than 30 years. It is clinically proven to reduce Phe transport across the blood-brain barrier. PreKUnil allows PKU patients to get up to 80% of their protein intake from a normal diet. It is also suitable for late-diagnosed and untreated PKU.PreKUnil tablets
Avonil Tablets and Powder
A conventional method for the management of PKU, Avonil contains all essential amino acids except Phe, plus multiple vitamins and minerals. Tablets are formulated for easy swallowing, while the powder is mixed with water or juice to drink. Tablets and powder are suitable for all ages, including children and during pregnancy, and must be combined with a restricted diet.Avonil tablets Avonil powder