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Every 30 minutes, a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disorder or disease by the age of 10.
Diagnosis of mitochondrial disease can still take over 7 years.
New mitochondrial disease causing mutations are being discovered each year. Because of its complexity, mito can be incredibly difficult to diagnose.
Having mito can be like having a cell phone running out of battery. Only certain apps may run and likely not for very long!
1 in 4,000 people have mito. That's over 82,000 individuals in the U.S.
Mito is often an 'invisible disease.' Symptoms can arise in any organ system!
Mito patients have to see many specialists to treat organ system dysfunction throughout the body!
Clinical trials are underway to evaluate treatments for mitochondrial disease.
Many mito patients see 8-10 specialists before diagnosis
Every cell in the body has mitochondria, except red blood cells.
Mito is a progressive disease with no known cure.
Mitochondrial disease can present in children or adults and symptoms can begin at any age, from birth to old age.
Two people with the same mitochondrial disease causing mutation can present with very different symptoms.
Mito can be inherited from your mother or father or a combination of both parents.
Mito can also be caused by a new, or de novo, mutation in an offspring (child) - not passed down from either the mother or father.
Mitochondria function as batteries that produce more than 90% of the energy in your body's cells.
Mitochondrial disease often affects multiple members of the family.