The main goal of treatment for MCAD deficiency is to prevent problems from occurring. It's important to have regular meals and snacks and choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat.

Talk with your doctor about what to do if symptoms develop. Some experts recommend giving simple carbohydrates, such as glucose tablets or sweetened, non-diet beverages, by mouth. If the symptoms are more serious, an intravenous (IV) line may be needed.

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