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Does age and gender affect who gets chronic fatigue syndrome?

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If you’re a woman, you’re four times more likely to get ME/CFS than men. The condition is rare in children, but girls are more likely to develop it than boys. The illness most often begins in adults aged 30-50. With teenagers, those between 13 and 15 seem to have it most often.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Kids Health: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Rimes, K. , March 2007. Pediatrics

Heim, C. , November 2006. JAMA Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Schlauch, K. , published online February 9, 2016. Translational Psychiatry

Kerr, J. , December 2008. Current Rheumatology Reports

Aaron, L. , January 2001. Journal of General Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on November 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Kids Health: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Rimes, K. , March 2007. Pediatrics

Heim, C. , November 2006. JAMA Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Schlauch, K. , published online February 9, 2016. Translational Psychiatry

Kerr, J. , December 2008. Current Rheumatology Reports

Aaron, L. , January 2001. Journal of General Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on November 29, 2018

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