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Patterns of food avoidance in chronic fatigue syndrome: is there a case for dietary recommendations?
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PMID:  22732998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To assess the dietary habits and food avoidance-behavior in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
METHODS: Cross-sectional pilot study with 28 patients diagnosed with severe CFS. Eating habits were assessed with a food frequency questionnaire and 3-day food records. We analyzed variables related to dietary restrictions induced by symptoms or external information.
RESULTS: The most prevalent restrictions were for dairy products and gluten-containing grains, with 22 and 15 restricting patients, respectively. Patients reported different digestive symptoms, which did not improve with the use of exclusion diets. Thirteen patients had received information against the intake of certain foods through different sources. Six cases of grains restriction and 11 of dairy were compatible with a counseling-induced pattern of exclusion.
CONCLUSIONS: There is not a homogeneous pattern of food avoidance. Dietary restrictions should be based on a proven food allergy or intolerance. Dietary counseling should be based on sound nutritional knowledge.
J Trabal; P Leyes; J Fernández-Solá; M Forga; J Fernández-Huerta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrición hospitalaria     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1699-5198     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr Hosp     Publication Date:    2012 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-26     Completed Date:  2012-11-13     Revised Date:  2013-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100365     Medline TA:  Nutr Hosp     Country:  Spain    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Servei d´Endocrinología i Nutrició, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia / etiology,  psychology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dairy Products
Diet, Gluten-Free
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / complications,  psychology*,  therapy
Food Habits*
Food Hypersensitivity / prevention & control
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic
Pilot Projects
Referral and Consultation
Young Adult

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