Sunday, September 19, 2010

Know About MITO

Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (Sept 19 - 25)

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.

Did you know...
  • 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
Learn more at UMDF and MitoAction! Then spread the word. Know about Mito!

*An uncertain percentage of patients acquire symptoms due to other factors, including mitochondrial toxins.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping by Jacks blog :) and for your kind words & support---youre going through a lot more than I can even imagine. I pray you get some answers soon, the diagnoses road can be such a difficult one for so many families. Not always so clear cut with the testing, taking us 5 years of tests and 2 misdiagnoses. Praying it wont be much longer you find the right Dr that can tell you something! BIG hugs and many prayers for you and all your littleones--
    Heidi & Jack.