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Can mitochondrial diseases be prevented?

Mitochondrial diseases are primarily inherited, so they cannot be prevented. If you suspect that you may be a genetic carrier of a mitochondrial disease and you plan to have children, your doctor might suggest genetic testing. A small percentage of mitochondrial diseases have been linked to exposure to certain medications or environmental elements. Avoidance of those substances would help prevent mitochondrial disease. Your doctor can provide more information about these kinds of substances.

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