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What are facts about chronic fatigue syndrome and who does it affect most?

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  • The CDC estimates up to 2.5 million Americans have ME/CFS
  • Anyone can get it, including children and teens.
  • It is most common in women in their 40s and 50s.
  • Women are two to four times more likely to develop it than men.
  • Most cases are mild or moderate.
  • About 1 in 4 people with the condition have severe symptoms.

From: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

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

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

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

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

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

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

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

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

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