The study involved a post-50 group and a group of 16-29 year olds, all with chronic fatigue syndrome. In evaluating a range of symptoms, researchers found that those with onset later than 50 had:
- Greater fatigue,
- More depression,
- Greater autonomic dysfunction, with reduced parasympathetic and increased sympathetic function,
- Substantially reduced baroreflex sensitivity (which helps maintain blood pressure,)
- Slower pumping of the left ventrical (prolonged ejection time.)
Researchers concluded that people who were older at onset demonstrated a very different disease characteristics and are more severely affected.
How old were you when chronic fatigue syndrome hit? Do you think age can make that kind of difference? Have you seen the age difference demonstrated in people you know? Leave your comments below!
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