Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been seeing more exposure when it comes to scientific research lately. Scientists are looking everywhere, even to the gut, for a potential cause of this increasingly common condition.
Unfortunately, many people still have a mistaken idea of what CFS is. Some think it involves tiredness only, but that is certainly not the case. Patients experience an entire spectrum of symptoms ranging from sleep problems to cognitive issues (memory and focus). What are some other less known factors about CFS?
The Search Continues for a Cause
Again, recent research has focused on bacteria in the gut to see if this part of the body, vital to the immune system, is where the disease finds its genesis. However, the results were inconclusive leaving researchers wondering if the gut bacterium is just another symptom of this mysterious condition. Other researchers believe that CFS may occur following an infection such as West Nile virus, dengue, or H1N1, but it is also agreed upon that those diseases are probably just triggering a predisposition to chronic fatigue.
The Highest Risk Factor Is Being Female
3 out of 4 CFS patients in the US are female making gender the most common denominator. However, this is also disputed as some feel that many men suffer from CFS in silence. Perhaps this is because the long diagnostic process of ruling out other ailments leads many men to give up on finding a diagnosis. On the other hand, the condition may actually be related to female hormones leaving women more predisposed to the condition.
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