Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis in medical circles) has debilitating effects on sufferers, of which there are an estimated 2-million Americans. The condition can render a person almost immobile from fatigue, along with a host of other unpleasant symptoms such as depression and aching.
Up until fairly recently, it was said there were no known causes of CFS (although there have been some theories). However, earlier in 2016 some new possible links were identified that could advance treatment. Let’s look at seven newer facts about this disorder…
1. A ‘Chemical Signature’ has Been Identified
An August 2016 article posted by ScienceDaily explains that researchers “using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in blood plasma” have identified a unique chemical signature for the disorder.
A study cited by the source looked closely at metabolic processes for 84-subjects that had been diagnosed with CFS. The researchers looked at metabolites (energy sources created by metabolic processes) and found a decrease of these in the subjects. “They found that individuals with CFS showed abnormalities in 20 metabolic pathways,” explains the article.