Skip to main content

Dietary intervention in chronic fatigue syndrome

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Abstract Background 

Anecdotal reports and books have been published linking an over growth of Candida Albicans with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), suggesting dietary change as a treatment option. Little scientific data has been published to validate this controversial theory. This study aims to determine the efficacy of dietary intervention on level of fatigue and quality of life (QoL) in individuals with CFS. Methods 

A 24-week randomized intervention study was conducted with 52 individuals diagnosed with CFS. Patients were randomized to either a low sugar low yeast (LSLY) or healthy eating (HE) dietary interventions. Primary outcome measures were fatigue as measured by the Chalder Fatigue Score and QoL measured by Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form-36. Results 

A high drop out rate occurred with 13 participants not completing the final evaluation (7HE/6LSLY). Intention to treat analysis showed no statistically significant differences on primary outcome measurements. Conclusion 

In this randomized control trial, a LSLY diet appeared to be no more efficacious on levels of fatigue or QoL compared to HE. Given the difficulty with dietary compliance experienced by participants, especially in the LSLY group, it would appear HE guidance is a more pragmatic approach than advocating a complicated dietary regime.

Keywords: Candida; chronic fatigue syndrome; diet; healthy eating; low sugar low yeast

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2008.00857.x

Publication date: 2008-04-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more