Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ function.
When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell.
Cell injury and even cell death follow.
If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole organ systems begin to fail.
The parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, requiring the greatest amounts of energy are the most affected.
Mitochondrial Disease is difficult to diagnose, because it affects each individual differently.
Symptoms can include seizures, strokes, severe developmental delays, inability to walk, talk, see, and digest food combined with a host of other complications.
If three or more organ systems are involved, mitochondrial disease should be suspected.
Although Mitochondrial Disease primarily affects children, adult onset is becoming more common.
Mitochondrial disease, or 'mito', is the term given to a group of medical disorders caused by mutations in mitochondria, the tiny organelles that are present in nearly every cell in our bodies and which generate about 90% of the energy we need to live. Cells cannot function properly without healthy mitochondria, so when they fail the consequences can be serious and wide-ranging.
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's vast online viewing library provides countless topics on living with mitochondrial disease.
When a patient or family member calls or emails United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, they try to answer questions quickly.
If there is a question United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation are unable to answer, they will help you get the information you need.
If your medical team needs information, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation will point him or her to an expert in the mitochondrial medicine field for answers.
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The Lily Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of people affected by Mitochondrial Diseases.
The Lily Foundation are working towards a future where Mitochondrial Diseases can be effectively treated or cured.
Mitochondrial Disease is a complex condition that affects people medically in a wide variety of ways.
Every Mito family will have different needs and different - often very difficult - choices to make.
The Lily Foundation respect every family's right to choose their own path in dealing with the disease and aim to support them where The Lily Foundation can.