It should never be forgotten that most people found to have an acute porphyria are able to lead a normal healthy life. All that is needed is to take a few simple measures to decrease the risk of illness that are described on this site. Even the few who do become ill usually make a complete recovery and have no more than one or two acute attacks in early adult life. As one grows older, the risk of an acute attack decreases, particularly after the age of forty, but it never completely disappears.