Mitochondria are the power houses of the cell providing the body with over 90% of the energy it needs to sustain life. Mitochondria take in sugars and proteins from the food we eat and produce energy called ATP that our bodies use to function properly. Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that reduces the ability of the mitochondria to produce this energy. When the mitochondria are not working properly, cells begin to die until eventually whole organ systems fail and the patient’s life itself is compromised.
The following information is intended as a general guide to help you understand the symptoms of mitochondrial disease and where to go for support and help. It is not intended as a substitute for your practitioner’s advice.
For more in-depth information, please refer to the Health Professionals page.
MAYBE IT'S MITO
Information for Patients
If you think there is a possibility that you could have mito, find out more about the red flag symptoms and access information that you can take to your GP.
Information for Health Professionals
Resources for health professionals to help identify mitochondrial disease.