What Is Mitochondrial Disease?
Mitochondrial Disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that can be inherited in a number of ways. Because there are many forms of mitochondrial disease and therefore Mitochondrial disease presents very differently from individual to individual.
When a person has Mitochondrial Disease the mitochondria in the cells are not producing enough energy. Sometimes they are not very efficient or they do not work at all. Depending on which Mitochondria are affected will depend on which organs are affected.
Activities like running, swimming, cycling or even simple ones like walking or breathing can be difficult or completely impossible if you are suffering with Mitochondrial Disease.
What are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are little sausage-shaped structures that exist in all of the cells in our body. Their job is to break down the food the cell needs, using oxygen and turn it into energy.
They are known and the powerhouses of the cell. They are necessary in the body to sustain life and support growth. All our cells need energy to grow, live and act out their functions.
When the mitochondria don’t function correctly the cells cannot produce the energy our body needs. If our cells do not have energy then the tissues or body organs that the cells are made up of do not work properly.