- Mitochondrial disease is incurable.
- One in every 2,000 babies born will develop a mitochondrial disease
in their lifetime. Half will develop the disease before their 5th birthday.
- Mitochondrial disease is nearly as common as childhood cancer.
- Recent research results indicate that mitochondrial dysfunction
is a large factor in degenerative disorders of aging like
diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- There is little federal or state funding to support mitochondrial
- New testing methods developed during the past ten years have advanced
the diagnosis of some mitochondrial diseases.
- Many mitochondrial disease patients go undiagnosed and, as a result,
these patients and their families suffer.
- It is precisely this combination of “newness” and diagnostic
difficulty that works against recognition of mitochondrial disease and the
finding of an effective cure.
- The consequences of this genetic disorder can be devastating to those
afflicted and their families.
Mitochondrial Metobolic Disease Center (MMDC), University of California,
San Diego School of Medicine