Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Related to Gut Bacteria?


Suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has always been a difficult one to determine the cause and diagnose. However, in a groundbreaking study by Dr. W. Ian Lipkin at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that people with Chronic Fatigue have different bacteria in their intestines than healthier people. Dr. Lipkin isn’t certain or clear as to whether the differences in gut bacteria are just a sign of Chronic Fatigue or part of the cause. But…he believes that gut bacteria could be tied to the severity of the disease and may help with diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Lipkin has identified a distinct set of bacteria in 21 people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who also had irritable bowel syndrome…conditions that often occur together. His study, accepted for publication in the journal ‘Microbiome’ also links both diseases to changes in body processes influenced by gut microbes.

Sourced from: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health website.