Nature journal publishes metabolism study

This is a very important study which duplicates results already seen in a previous study performed by Australian scientists. This information is wonderful and wildly helpful to ME/CFS patients because it points to actual substances which can be supplemented to improve the overall condition of people with ME/CFS, such as carnitine and choline. In fact, carnitine was instrumental in getting me out of my bedridden state and probably confirms that while EDS is my primary diagnosis, I probably suffered from CFS as well.

ME Australia

by Sasha Nimmo

A new study published in the prestigous journal, Nature, examined the metabolism of people with ME and/or chronic fatigue syndrome and looked at irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finding differences between patients and controls as well as patient subgroups with and without IBS. It also confirmed earlier metabolic studies.

The study, ‘Insights into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome phenotypes through comprehensive metabolomics’, looked into the pathogenesis (biological mechanism that leads to the disease state) of ME and/or CFS and subtypes in order to suggest pathways for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. (Metabolomics is a developing field that studies metabolism within a living system under varying conditions of stimuli. Phenotype is the set of observable characteristics, including appearance, development and behaviour.)

Scientists studied 50 people who met the Fukuda chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) criteria and/or the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC) and 50 controls. The paper does…

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