In the scientific publication, “Fecal metagenomic profiles in subgroups of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome” (2017) in the 5th volume and 44th issue of Microbiome, authors Nagy-Szakal, Williams, and Lipkin, et. al. describe how a specific set of gut bacterial species correlates with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome with and without Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is a summary and interpretation of their findings.
WHAT IS CHRONIC FATIGUE?
According to the CDC, Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome, was estimated to affect between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans, in 2015. It is difficult to give an exact number due to the fact that many people do not know they have it and remain undiagnosed. Chronic fatigue is a long-term illness that commonly includes symptoms of unexplained, severe and persistent fatigue, reduced motivation, unrefreshing sleep, reduced mental alertness, pain, and dizziness. Overlapping symptoms of anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia are common in Chronic Fatigue. Interestingly, between 35 and 90% of chronic fatigue patients also present with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is the reason that the gut microbiome is now being investigated as a possible link in disease progression.
Kenda Rigdon, Ph.D. Nutrition Sciences Research Associate, Wife, Mother of 3 and Enthusiast for all things Microbiome and gut related!
Check out this blog in the April, 2018 edition of the Birmingham Metro magazine: b-metro.com/b-yourself-kenda-rigdon/34337/
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