Exercise best cure for fatigue

The biggest ever study of chronic fatigue syndrome treatments has challenged the strategy championed by patient groups – taking it easy is not the best treatment, exercise and behavior therapy are.

For years, patient groups warned such treatments could be dangerous, instead promoting a strategy known as adaptive pacing _ which advises patients to adjust to their illness by simply doing less. But the study found that approach didn’t help.

The research, published Friday in the medical journal, Lancet, concluded that behavior and exercise seemed to moderately reduce fatigue and improve activity levels, while pacing and medical care wasn’t much help.

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