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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Do I Have A Metabolic Disorder? A Quick Review of Mitochondrial Disease
What is Mitochondrial
Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria,
specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood
cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy
needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. 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 systems begin to
fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely
Diseases of the mitochondria appear to cause the most damage to
cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine
and respiratory systems.
on which cells are affected, symptoms may include loss of motor control, muscle
weakness and pain, gastro-intestinal disorders and swallowing difficulties,
poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory
complications, seizures, visual/hearing problems, lactic acidosis,
developmental delays and susceptibility to infection, insulin insensitivity, kidney disorders and life threatening electrolyte imbalance.
If your mitochondria of the cell is not processing correctly, you simply do not have enough usable energy to sustain the body. Mitochondrial Disorders are one of many diseases of the metabolism. Two Sites That May Help: https://www.fodsupport.org