15 – 21 September 2019

Global Mitochondrial Disease
Awareness Week


Around the world Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week is marked with educational, fundraising and advocacy efforts designed to raise awareness about mitochondrial disease (mito).


What is Mitochondrial
Disease (mito)?

Most people have never heard of mitochondrial disease. Once considered rare, it is now thought to affect 1 in 5000 people, making it the second most commonly diagnosed, serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis. Researchers have discovered links between mitochondrial dysfunction and other conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cardiac issues and some cancers.

Scientists believe that in focusing on mitochondrial dysfunction, they may be able to devise effective treatments and potential cures for mito and help the millions of people who suffer from the above mentioned diseases.

 

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Mitochondria are the ‘power plants’ that provide the body with all of the energy it needs to walk, talk, laugh, hear, digest food, and breathe.

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