Global Mito Awareness Week is September 16-22. Mito can cause POTS symptoms, and other types of autonomic dysfunction.
"Mitochondrial cytopathies are a diverse group of inherited and acquired disorders that result in inadequate energy production. They can be caused by inheritable genetic mutations, acquired somatic mutations, exposure to toxins (including some prescription medications), and the aging process itself." (1)
MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE 101
The mitochondria are the “power-plants” of the cell—they provide most of the energy a cell needs to function. There are mitochondria in every single cell except for red blood cells. Mitochondrial disease, or ‘mito’ is a genetic and generally progressive problem with the mitochondria. (There is also a concept of “mitochondrial dysfunction”, where there is no gene mutation but the mitochondria don’t work well because of some outside force, such as certain medications or diseases.) The spectrum of severity of mitochondrial disease varies widely, from a baby with Leigh’s Disease who passes away before his first birthday, to the very serious MNGIE, to a woman who gets excessively fatigued and weak as she ages.
|Cells have multiple mitochondrian that power the cell through by converting ADP to ATP.|