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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Might Plague Ethnic Minorities

According to a research published in the journal BMC Medicine, ethnicity, lack of exercise, depression and social support and difficulties are some of the main risk factors of Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS. The condition is characterized by debilitating and unexplained fatigue which is accompanied by disturbed sleep, headaches, difficulty in concentrating and muscle pain.

The researchers studied the data collected from about 4000 adults in England. They found that the participants were at 2.3% CFS risk and the risk increased by 2% with age. Anxiety and depression were associated with higher CFS risk. However, it was also noticed that even moderate exercise can bring down this risk by 50%. Adversity and social factors were also responsible for CFS besides the ethnic and cultural background. Cultural discrimination at workplace or society along with religious and racial discrimination also increases the chances of CFS.

People with Black Caribbean, Indian or Pakistani backgrounds had higher risk of CFS than the white people. The study shows that chronic fatigue syndrome is higher in inactive individuals who have poor social support and who belong to ethnic minority.

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