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What Increases My Risk For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Because there is no sure cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, trying to understand your risk of falling victim to it can be a vague undertaking.However, researchers have been able to establish certain risk factors that may contribute to the development of CFS.

Identifying Risk Factors

Increased Risks

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been the subject of ongoing research for the past 20 years, and many doctors now agree that the way particular illnesses affect mental and physical health could increase a person's risk of developing CFS.The following are three examples of such:

Researchers may have also found a correlation between people with low blood pressure and CFS, but there is not yet a definitive answer.

Speculative Risks

Because of the vague nature of this disease, there are many claims about other risk factors.It may be possible for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to be brought about by recurring courses of antibiotics or other medications.

Those who do not eat a healthy diet are also at a higher risk.There may be a link between CFS and imbalanced sodium intake.Some people have reported that their flu vaccinations triggered the onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Some even speculate that exposure to electromagnetic waves causes CFS.

Childhood Risk Factors

New research has been published that concludes sedentary children have a higher risk of developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome later in life than children who play sports.Research also concluded that the following greatly increased the risk of a child developing CFS as an adult:

Interestingly, high levels of childhood exercise were considered to lower the risk.

More Childhood Risk Factors

Research findings also suggest that childhood trauma, stress, and emotional instability increase the risk of adult Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.This research suggests that children become adapted to the environmental insults and become unable to meet challenges, leading to a later development of CFS.


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