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Why do some people with mitochondrial diseases wilt in the heat?

People with mitochondrial diseases who have trouble regulating their body temperature may seem to "wilt" when they become too hot. The temperature may be fine for other people, but it may be too warm for them. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are possible even in these conditions. People with mitochondrial diseases should try to maintain their temperature and conserve their energy. Wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing, particular when in warmer rooms, may help these people avoid becoming too hot and "wilting." Staying in air-conditioning on warmer days may help as well.

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