Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Scientists are still not clear about the exact causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However, they do believe that some people are born with a predisposition towards the disorder. In addition to that, a combination of other different factors could lead to CFS. Given below are some of the other potential causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Viral Infections: There have been a few reported incidents of people developing CFS after suffering from a viral infection and therefore, researchers believe that certain viruses may be responsible for this disorder. The three viruses suspected of causing CFS are Mouse Leukemia virus, Human Herpes virus and the Epstein-Barr virus. However, there is no substantial evidence to prove this claim.
  • Impaired Immune System: Studies show that those who are suffering from CFS usually have a slightly weakened immune system or even an inflammation in the nervous system. However, it is not clear whether these problems are enough to cause the disorder.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Several patients suffering from CFS experience an imbalance of hormones, which is why researchers believe that the two may be connected.
There are certain lifestyle factors that could increase your risks of developing CFS, which include:

  • Being overweight
  • Experiencing high levels of stress on a daily basis
  • Leading an inactive or a sedentary lifestyle
Studies indicate that more women develop Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as compared to men. However, it is possible that women are just more likely to report the condition. While this disorder can affect anyone, it is more commonly seen in people between the ages of 40 and 50. 
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