Current Treatments for Mitochondrial Disease

Currently, patients living with mitochondrial disease can only treat their symptoms, as there is no cure (UMDF). The goals of treatment, according to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, are “to alleviate symptoms” and “slow down the progression of the disease”.

Treatment includes making dietary changes, taking vitamins and supplements, and avoiding physiological stress (UMDF). Some symptoms, such as epilepsy, can be alleviated by their own standard treatments (UMDF). More information on specific treatments is available from the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for mitochondrial disease, and treatment serves to manage symptoms and slow down the disease. Mitochondrial replacement may be an effective way to prevent the disease in the near future, and Proposition 44 could prevent thousands of children from having to live with mitochondrial disease. >>Mitochondrial Replacement 

Could mitochondrial replacement be a “magic bullet” to preventing mitochondrial disease, or is there more to the story? A Magic Bullet?

 

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