How Common is Mitochondrial Disease?

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• Infants, children, and adults may develop mitochondrial disorders. Experts in mitochondrial medicine describe a spectrum of disease, ranging from mild to severe. 1 in 4,000 people are estimated to have a genetically confirmed primary mitochondrial disease, yet many remain undiagnosed.

• In adults, many diseases of aging have been found to have defects of mitochondrial function, including, but not limited to, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autoimmune disorders, environmental toxicities, and cancer.