Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be Linked To Gut Bacteria, Says Study
Elevate Christian Network :: Health and Wellness
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1 million and 4 million Americans have CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. But only about 20 percent of people with the condition have been diagnosed. Symptoms may include overwhelming fatigue not helped by rest, sleep that is not restorative, malaise, joint and muscle pain, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Researchers from Cornell University evaluated 48 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and 39 healthy controls. All provided stool and blood samples. The researchers tested stool samples for bacterial DNA. In CFS patients they found bacterial profiles with less diversity. They concluded that it is similar to those seen in people with two bowel diseases: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Maureen Hanson, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome had less diversity or different types of bacteria, compared to healthy people without chronic fatigue syndrome. People with CFS also had more species of bacteria that promote inflammation and fewer bacteria that dampen inflammation. See the full story here… sciencedaily.com
Second Opinion Show by Bluecross Blueshield: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating chronic disease that has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Because the cause is unknown, effective treatment is still out of reach for many patients.
Danielle Warner’s description of battling CFS every day is a heartbreaking one, as she longs for her once active and vibrant life. Her husband and caregiver, Tyrone, joins Danielle as they share the story of their life, and their uncertain future. Learn more here…second opinion show