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The lifestyle of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and the effect on fatigue and functional impairments.
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PMID:  19226353     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the lifestyle of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its influence on symptoms of CFS. The present study aimed to investigate the lifestyle of patients with CFS, and to assess whether lifestyle factors are related to fatigue and functional impairments. METHODS: Two hundred and forty-seven patients fulfilling the Center for Disease Control criteria for CFS were included. Validated questionnaires were used to collect data on lifestyle factors, smoking, intake of alcohol, fat, fibres, fruit and vegetables, body mass index (BMI), fatigue severity and functional impairments. RESULTS: Of the CFS patients, 23% smoked, 32% had an unhealthy BMI, and none had an unhealthy alcohol intake. A majority had an unhealthy food intake: 70% had unhealthy fat, fruit and vegetable intake, and 95% had unhealthy fibre intake. Compared with the general Dutch population, significantly fewer CFS patients were overweight. Significantly more female CFS patients abstained from alcohol, and fewer male CFS patients smoked. Unhealthy lifestyle factors were not significantly associated with fatigue severity or functional impairments. CONCLUSIONS: CFS patients tend to lead a healthier lifestyle compared to the general Dutch population. However, no relationship was found between lifestyle factors and fatigue severity and functional impairments in CFS.
M M Goedendorp; H Knoop; G M Schippers; G Bleijenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-02-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1365-277X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-04     Completed Date:  2009-08-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904840     Medline TA:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  226-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Expert Centre for Chronic Fatigue, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
Body Mass Index
Diet / statistics & numerical data*
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / complications*,  physiopathology
Health Behavior*
Health Surveys
Life Style*
Middle Aged
Netherlands / epidemiology
Obesity / complications
Overweight / complications,  epidemiology
Quality of Life
Sex Factors
Smoking / epidemiology
Young Adult

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