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What increases my risk for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Because the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are not identified, it is not possible to determine exact risk factors outside of the statistics of diagnosed cases. Studies show that chronic fatigue syndrome has been diagnosed in more women than men, though it may be that social influences prevent men from reporting or identifying symptoms. Although chronic fatigue syndrome can happen to anyone, it is most common in people who are in their 40s to 50s.

Your risk of chronic fatigue syndrome may be increased by any number of viral illnesses or other infectios, or even an emotional or physical trauma or toxin exposure. What exactly causes or triggers the development of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown and is under study.

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