Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Day 8: What is your firefly number?

What is your firefly number

As the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine introduces you to the many faces of mitochondrial disease, we would like to tell you about connections with related diseases and why it is so important for us to focus on the common thread in all of us… Mitochondria!

Your Firefly Number shows your personal connections to all of the related diseases and mitochondrial disease. How many people do you know with these diseases?  Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Mitochondrial Disease, Diabetes, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Cerebral Palsy?

Calculate your total connections (Firefly Number) to the
related diseases shown below.

Web of Connectivity


How is Mitochondrial Disease Connected to Other Diseases?

Mitochondrial disease can look like any number of better known diseases, including: AutismParkinson’s diseaseAlzheimer’s diseaseLou Gehrig’s diseasemuscular dystrophy and chronic fatigue, among others. Adults and children with it can have features similar to other disorders like: Epilepsy, Myopathy, Developmental Delay, learning disabilities and Fibromyalgia.

Research shows that mitochondrial dysfunction is often a central element of these more commonly recognized diseases. Studies and reports indicate the “orange” ones are more influenced. A cure for mitochondrial disease could impact cures for Autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Muscular Dystrophy.  Learn More…

The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine works hard to raise awareness about the connections between mitochondrial dysfunction and other related diseases!

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