Chronic Fatigue and Intestinal Microbiomes

Chronic fatigue is a problem that affects a great number of people across the country and all around the world. This is an illness in which people tend to be extremely tired at all hours of the day, to an extent that it prevents them from participating in everyday activities. It is generally extremely difficult for those with chronic fatigue to feel well rested, even if they sleep significantly more than the average person.

This condition is being explored by scientists as having a possible correlation to imbalances and insufficiencies in the biota of the human digestive tract. Other such diseases include Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and Diabetes. These have all been seen to coincide in many instances with disruptions in the interior microbiomes of humans.

Stool Samples Give Insight into Possible Links

By studying the stool samples of healthy subjects versus those with intense chronic fatigue, researchers at Cornell University were able to determine that unhealthy subjects generally showed evidence of low levels of healthy bacteria in their gut. (Read more about this here). This adds to mounting evidence against the idea that chronic fatigue is a psychological or mental illness, and contributes to the belief that it is inherently a physical problem.

Further Research into Chronic Fatigue Stunted by Lack of Funding

Sadly, although increasing evidence points towards a link between chronic fatigue and disrupted bacterial cultures in the digestive tract, little money has gone into researching this connection, due to a general skepticism about the legitimacy of the problem in the public eye. Hopefully, this problem will be rectified in coming years with advances in microbiome study and technology.