Monday, April 15, 2013

Blogging Through The Alphabet - E

Blogging Through the Alphabet
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E is for Energy!
Where is energy produced in the human body? In little factories in the cells, called mitochondria. These tiny little work stations take what is needed from the food we eat and the air we breathe, and turn them into energy for our body to use.
We have come very familiar with this tiny part of our cells, due to the fact that several people in the family have a Mitochondrial Disorder, meaning their mitochondria don't work the way they are supposed to. Unfortunately, most people, including me, take our mitochondria for granted....until they stop functioning the way they are supposed to!
Here is a great video explaining how energy is made inside a cell:
Unfortunately, when the mitochondria fail, organs don't receive the energy they need to function, and they also begin to fail.
Here is a model of a cell, showing where the mitochondria are located:
Taken from the UMDF website.


If you are interested in learning more about Mitochondrial Disease and it's affect on a person's energy, please visit the UMDF page - What is Mitochondrial Disease? or MitoAction's page on Understanding the Energy Budget. 
Living with Mito is like running on half-strength batteries all day long.  Often, the energy is just not there to fulfill the desires that one has to accomplish.
Energy - we are in a constant search for it, and budget what we have to make sure we are able to do as much as we can!
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1 comment:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!