Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Support from Alpha 1 Awareness UK

Welcome to Alpha-1 Awareness UK

AATD or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a lack of the protein alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) which is produced in the liver. The main job of AAT is to protect the lungs. A deficiency can lead to life-threatening lung and/or liver disease.

The first signs and symptoms of lung disease caused by alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency usually appear between ages 20 and 50.
The symptoms are:

  • shortness of breath following mild activity,
  • reduced ability to exercise, and
  • wheezing

About ten percent of infants with the deficiency show signs of liver damage at birth. Fifteen percent of adult Alphas also develop liver disease.

Only a small fraction of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient patients in the United Kingdom are aware of the causes of their condition.

Fund raisers

This Summer we have six runners in the British 10k Run in London on 12th of July. The runners are: Karen Skalvoll, Torbjorn Skavoll, Eleri Llwyd Dafydd, Richard Nathan, Joanne Page and Ingrid Tangen. They are using JustGiving for their sponsorship.

Also fundraising for us are Dan Yarrow, Ollie Yarrow, Neal Green and Dave Gibbs who will be cycling 136 miles coast 2 coast, from Workington on the west coast to Tynemouth on the east coast.  Their JustGiving page is Alpha1C2Cbikeride.

We thank all of these for their efforts in raising awareness of Alpha-1 and helping us maintain the charity.

Online Charity Shop

Buy Alpha-1 Awareness UK-branded items and raise charity funds. 

Follow the link at the top of this page or go to our online charity shop at  – where you can purchase all kinds of fabulous gifts, handy everyday items, stylish clothing and shopping bags, Christmas cards and other essentials that will help further the cause of AATD awareness!  Show your support for Alpha-1 Awareness UK, spread the word about Alpha-1, and tell your friends about the new shop!  Best of all, come along and buy something – every purchase helps support Alphas in Britain.

This website is run by Alphas and their carers. We do our very best to ensure that all information shown here is up-to-date and accurate. However, you should always consult your own GP or other medical professional if you have the slightest concerns about your health.

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The FIND-A1 project is designed to engage patients, doctors, nurses and other medical healthcare providers in the detection of the many alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient (A1AT/AATD) patients who are currently not diagnosed, or who are diagnosed as having some other condition.

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