Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is known to affect collagen in the body, but how does this affect those who have it and why? Here are some facts about the pesky protein:
- Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is an important componant of connective tissues.
- It acts as the glue that holds our body together so if it’s faulty then it can be a huge problem!
- It forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure in our bones, skin, muscles and tendons.
- Collagen molecules are a triple helix and are made up of three long polypeptides. These are then coiled together which makes it strong and flexible.
- Collagen makes up one third of the protein in the human body.
- It is needed in the replacement and restoration of dead cells.
- As we get older we produce less collagen.
- There are at least 16 different types of collagen.
- Collagen can be found in all connective tissues all the way down to blood vessels and organs.
As you can see collagen is relevant in most of the body so for people with connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, it can cause huge problems!
Spinal deformities are often found in people with EDS/HMS.
EDS Fact: Number 46
For more information about implications of EDS check out http://www.ehlers-danlos.org/oral-and-dental-implications