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Why must people with mitochondrial diseases avoid fasting?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Avoiding fasting is a very important part of the treatment regimen for any person with mitochondrial diseases. Fasting is when you don't eat. Not eating for long periods of time can be very problematic for people with mitochondrial diseases. People with mitochondrial diseases must maintain adequate nutrition and food intake to ensure their energy levels. For some patients, going overnight without eating can cause problems. Eating smaller meals more often during the day may help mitochondrial disease patients maintain their health.

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