Is Mitochondrial Disease a Metabolic Disorder?

A metabolic disorder simply means that one of the processes by which your body makes, uses or disposes of certain materials is abnormal.

Mitochondria perform many metabolic tasks but ‘Mitochondrial Disease’ refers specifically to problems with the task of converting energy from one form into another using the specialized machinery within the mitochondria.

There are also many metabolic disorders that do not affect this process of energy conversion even though they might be occurring within the mitochondria. (an example would be a Urea Cycle Disorder – the process occurs inside the mitochondria, but these  disorders are not considered Mitochondrial Disease but are metabolic disorders.)