A Long-hidden Disease Is Pulled From The Shadows
For decades myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome has been a disease that most physicians didn’t take seriously. The disease was dismissed as a psychological disorder patients were told to take rest antidepressants.
The Symptoms of ME
ME is a debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The symptoms of ME include profound fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest unrefreshing sleep cognitive impairment joint pain muscle weakness post-exertional malaise.
The symptoms of ME can be so severe that patients are unable to leave their homes or engage in normal daily activities. The disease can have a significant impact on their quality of life can lead to disability.
The Lack of Understanding
Until recently clinicians have not fully understood the nature of ME or the underlying mechanisms that cause the disease. However with advancements in technology medical research there has been a greater understanding of the disease.
The Connection Between ME Mitochondria
Researchers have found that the mitochondria which are responsible for producing energy in our cells play a crucial role in the development of ME. The mitochondria are vital for generating energy if they don’t function correctly the body doesn’t have enough energy to carry out normal activities.
Studies have shown that patients with ME have impaired mitochondrial function which affects their ability to produce energy. This discovery has led to a better understanding of the disease has opened up new avenues for treatment.
New Treatments on the Horizon
Researchers are now studying new treatments that target the mitochondrial dysfunction in ME. One of the promising treatments is called Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) which is a natural antioxidant that the body produces. CoQ10 plays a vital role in the production of energy in the mitochondria studies have shown that taking CoQ10 supplements can improve the symptoms of ME.
Another emerging treatment is called pterostilbene which is a compound found in blueberries grapes. Pterostilbene has been shown to improve mitochondrial function reduce inflammation in the body.
ME is a long-hidden disease that has finally been pulled from the shadows. With greater understanding of the disease new treatments on the horizon there is hope for the millions of people who suffer from this debilitating condition. As research continues we may be able to not only improve the lives of those with ME but also get closer to a cure.
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