What do you know about mito? Mitochondrial Disease? Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic* disorder. that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fails to produce enough energy for cell or organ function.
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- The disease is approaching the frequency of childhood cancers.
- There is no reliable and consistent means of diagnosis.
- Mitochondrial disease presents very differently from individual to individual.
- There is no reliable and consistent means of diagnosis for mitochondrial disease.
- Diagnosis can be made by one of the few physicians that specializes in mitochondrial disease.
- Though blood DNA testing and/or muscle biopsy can be used to diagnose mitochondrial disease, neither of these tests are completely reliable and are also costly.
- The incidence is about 1:3000-4000 individuals in the US. This is similar to the incidence of cystic fibrosis of caucasian births in the U.S.
- There are many forms of mitochondrial disease
- Mitochondria exist in nearly every cell of the human body, producing 90 percent of the energy the body needs to function.
- Mitochondrial disease is inherited in a number of different ways
- There may be one individual in a family or many individuals affected over a number of generations.
- About one in 4,000 children in the United States will develop mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 years.
- In adults, many diseases of aging have been found to have defects of mitochondrial function, including (but not limited t0) type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. In addition, many medicines can injure the mitochondria.
- Even a simple flu or cold virus can have devastating effects on the patient with mitochondrial disease, even death.
- Every 30 minutes, a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by age 10
*An uncertain percentage of patients acquire symptoms due to other factors, including mitochondrial toxins.