Mitochondria are tiny parts of almost every cell in your body. Mitochondria are like the power house of the cells. They turn sugar and oxygen into energy that the cells need to work.
In mitochondrial diseases, the mitochondria cannot efficiently turn sugar and oxygen into energy, so the cells do not work correctly.
- Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders
- United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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