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Regular exercise can help chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers
Washington | July 25, 2004 3:29:27 PM IST
Latest research has shown that chronic fatigue sufferers can get renewed energy with just three months of regular exercise.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a major health problem that severely affects quality of life and even the ability to carry on with usual day-to-day activities.

The treatment typically focuses on reducing fatigue and other symptoms and helping get patients back into an active lifestyle with the help of some simple measures like improving sleep habits, relaxation therapy, antidepressants, psychotherapy, and exercise.

However, in a review of several studies on chronic fatigue therapies, both fatigue and quality of life improved with three months of exercise therapy.

According to webmd, researcher M. Edmonds' report with the Cochrane Collaboration research group provides a review of data from five studies involving more than 300 chronic fatigue patients.

Exercise therapy is typically defined as three to five exercise sessions every week for 12 weeks and each session involves 30 minutes of moderate to intense levels of aerobic exercise.

Edmonds said that patients doing exercise therapy were significantly less fatigued, slightly less depressed, had better physical functioning, slept better, and were better able to work, compared with patients who got no exercise.

Infact, those who exercised were less fatigued and had a better quality of life than those taking the antidepressant Prozac as their only therapy.

"There is encouraging evidence that some patients may benefit from exercise therapy although some patients will likely find exercise less preferable than resting or pacing," said Edmonds. (ANI)