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Old 09-16-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Some random thoughts about CFS

When some people reach a very advanced (old) age, they seem to run out of steam. They lack energy to do anything so they spend more time in bed and more time just sitting. But they don't call it CFS; they call it "old age".

Not all elderly people run out of steam and not all younger people get CFS. If we could find out why some elderly are easily fatigued, might this knowledge help us to understand what causes CFS in younger people? Is there a connection between the two?

The first thing I think of is that our immune systems decline with age and cell repair (or cell division) takes place at a much slower rate. Also, stomach acid becomes less and we don't absorb nutrients as we should. Not to mention that older people tend to eat a lot less and often are attracted to less nutritious foods.

Any thoughts on this?

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