Delta-Aminolevulinic Acid

Alternate Names

  • Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA)
  • Delta-ALA

ALA is a precursor (building block) necessary for the normal production of red blood cells. There are some inherited diseases where ALA levels are decreased which leads to the development of anemia. Increased levels are also seen in people with chronic alcohol abuse or diabetic ketoacidosis. ALA blood and urine levels will increase from lead poisoning; high lead levels disrupt the normal production of RBCs.

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