Nutrition, Gut Health & Microbiome
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Nutritional Themes in Care for Patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Introduction: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex, chronic disorder characterized by persistent fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia, nonrestorative sleep, and cognitive decline, with estimated worldwide prevalence between 0.8 and 3.3 percent (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018). While the underlying mechanisms of disease activity have yet to be fully elucidated, current evidence reveals infection, immune function, and mitochondrial dysfunction likely contribute to disease pathophysiology. Nutrition plays a role in both immune support and cellular function. Therefore, identifying nutritional risks in ME/CFS patients and addressing them with personalized nutritional recommendations may improve patients’ overall health outcomes.
Keywords: Myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue, nutrition deficiency
Dr. Violetta Renesca - Assistant Professor/Nurse Practitioner - Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Maria Vera Nunez - Assistant Professor/MD - Nova Southeastern University