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What are some treatments for mitochondrial disease?

What are some treatments for mitochondrial disease?

Avoid toxic foods: Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. ...Read more

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Mitochondrial Disorder (Definition)

A mitochondrial disorder is a condition in which a person has a problem with his mitochondria (small structures inside each cell, that produce energy for the cell). Mitochondria have their own genes, and are passed onto offspring by a different method, compared to the 46 chromosomes from the nucleus (center) of human cells. Yet, mitochondrial disorders ...Read more


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Is there a treatment for mitochondrial disorder?

Is there a treatment for mitochondrial disorder?

No cure yet: There is no curative treatment yet available for mitochondrial disorders. However, a lot of research is being done in this area. In the meantime, the treatment includes various supplements (vitamins and antioxidants) that may help some patients, maintaining healthy lifestyle, and avoiding triggers that may make disease worse such as certain medications that affect mitochondrial function. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mitochondrial disorder?

What is the treatment for mitochondrial disorder?

Supportive: Mitochondria are little workshops in each cell that do work outsourced from the central nucleus. When the mitochondria do work that is defective, the intricate work of sustaining the bodies metabolism begins to fail. Over time sensitive functions decline and the person looses capabilities. After diagnosis, the aim of therapy is to preserve quality of life as long as possible. ...Read more

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How does inheritance of a mitochondrial disease work?

How does inheritance of a mitochondrial disease work?

Maternal and Regular: A few mitochondrial diseases are passed from the mother to all of her children. This is because certain mitochondrial genes are inherited from the mitochondria in the egg's cytoplasm (outside the "nucleus" that contains the regular genes). Other mitochondrial diseases are inherited the regular way, from the genes in the egg "nucleus" and in the sperm, that code for new mitochondria in the embryo. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the mitochondrial disease known as m.N.G.I.E.?

Please help! what is the mitochondrial disease known as m.N.G.I.E.?

See this site: This should be helpful: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/mitochondrial-neurogastrointestinal-encephalopathy-disease.

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How do doctors diagnose mitochondrial disease?

How do doctors diagnose mitochondrial disease?

Complex: It is complex due to genetic heterogeneity. Gusto pathology findings and respiratory chain enzymes are correlated with clinical findings. Muscle biopsy and direct testing of mitochondrial genes are frequently utilized. Question is complex and should be addressed to pediatrician who will direct you to facility equipped to handle diagnostic procedures. ...Read more

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Can astigmatism be a symptom of mitochondrial disease?

Can astigmatism be a symptom of mitochondrial disease?

No: Astigmatism has to do with the shape of the eyeball which is heavily influenced by genetics. It is quite different from what happens inside the metabolism of functioning cells. The mitochondria are little work centers that process/make things in response to and in unison with the information provided by the cell nucleus. ...Read more

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What are some of the of non genetic or "acquired" mitochondrial disease?

What are some of the of non genetic or "acquired" mitochondrial disease?

Heavy metals: Lead and mercury toxicity, prolonged immobilization and lack of exercise, etc. - those are forms of secondary mitochondrial disease. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me is treacher collins syndrome a mitochondrial disorder/disease?

No: Tcs is an autosomal dominant disorder . The primary identified mutation is in the tcof1 gene (97%) which is located on chromosome 5q32-q33.1. There are at least 2 other gene defects that are responsible for some cases. Since these defects are in the main dna, it is not mitochondrial in origin. ...Read more

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Mitochondrial disease - why can people who have this, only exercise for only short periods of time?

Mitochondrial disease - why can people who have this, only exercise for only short periods of time?

Energy deficiency: Mitochondria are the batteries of the cell, with about 1000 per cell. They transform chemicals using oxygen (oxidative phosphorylation) to produce high energy phosphates (atp, etc.) that power muscles, heart, and brain. Mt disorders cause eye muscle deviations, low muscle tone, muscle cramping, decreased cardiac performance, and, in severe cases, intellectual disability. ...Read more

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