About Mitochondrial Disease Symptoms, Mitochondrial Diseases Treatment

Are you puzzled by a lack of energy because you’ve done nothing out of the ordinary to bring it on? Intermittent fatigue or weakness without justifiable exertion or stress is a symptom of mitochondrial disease.

Mitochondrial disease is a group of rare diseases caused by mitochondria dysfunction. Mitochondria is a cell component that produces most of your body’s energy needs. It’s where the aerobic cycle of fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism takes place. So when there’s a problem they fail to keep up with demand for ATP, resulting in an overwhelming tiredness. And these diseases can account for why you may feel full of energy one day and mysteriously exhausted the next.

Problems with mitochondria performance goes beyond energy production, for instance these power houses are involved in cholesterol metabolism, hormone synthesis (estrogen and testosterone) and neuron transmission process. So depending on which type of the mitochondrial diseases you have, you could experience additional symptoms like:

Mitochoncrial diseases may affect every cell or only ones in certain organs. Generally, they do the most damage to brain, heart, liver, muscles, kidney, endocrine and respiratory cells.

Unfortunately, there’s no treatment that cures the various mitochondrial diseases. But there are drugs capable of treating certain associated symptoms. What’s also helpful is adjusting your lifestyle in accordance with your own unique symptoms, for instance ensuring you consume a healthy diet, pace yourself to conserve energy, avoid pathogen exposure and stay out of extreme environments (e.g. too hot, too cold, polluted air, drastic altitude changes).

Mitochondrial diseases are either inborn (inherited) or occur later in life due to a spontaneous gene mutation. And because of the nature of the disease and rarity, it is often overlooked as the cause for symptoms.