25th July 2007
‘Mystery’ illness now third on health concern list
A survey of people undertaking health treatment outside the NHS has revealed that over a third had concerns over fatigue...with 12% of sufferers spending at least £125 to rid themselves of the condition.
The survey, compiled by market researchers Catalyst for food intolerance testing company, YORKTEST, interviewed 650 people who had taken a food intolerance test and 36% admitted to being ‘very concerned’ about fatigue and its effects. Fatigue symptoms such as tiredness, and lethargy can also be an indicator of more serious underlying conditions. The survey also suggested that only 6% of the people recognised that fatigue was something to worry about in the health of close family members.
The research by Catalyst also revealed that fatigue has now become to third highest health concern of all patients taking a food intolerance test after Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Bloating. The lowest health concern was Asthma with only 13% of patients in the survey citing the condition as ‘concerning’. Others in the list which patients were anxious about were Migraines, Arthritis, Weight problems, Sinusitis, Depression and Eczema.
The research findings go against a commonly held belief that fatigue was something overcome by ‘a good night’s sleep’ or ‘in the patient’s mind’. Classed as a fashionable illness in the 1980s, the importance of the condition has been heightened by high profile sufferers such as Kelly Holmes, Ian Woosnam and David Puttnam. Patients are now identifying the symptoms and are not put off from seeking proper help to overcome it. A study published in February 2007 reported that 3 out of 4 people would benefit from taking a 113 foodSCAN food intolerance test and sticking to a subsequent elimination diet.
Fatigue is a condition estimated to be suffered by over six million people in the UK with women more likely than men to be affected. Categorised by tiredness, lethargy, low energy levels, lack of concentration and exhaustion, the condition is thought to cost the nation at least £6bn a year.
Fatigue sufferer and YORKTEST patient Tanya Bird says ‘I was drinking 8cups of coffee a day at work and I was still suffering. I would wake up on a morning not feeling like I had had any sleep at all. I was surprised to find it was food which was causing the problem but as soon as it was identified then I began to get better almost straight away.’
According to YORKTEST, ‘Identifying the condition has been helped by an awareness of both ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was brought to the public’s attention as a fashionable illness and consequently sufferers can feel justified about getting help. People want to feel completely right. Taking a food intolerance test obviously helps them do that.’
Notes for editors:
1. Patient took a 113 foodSCAN which costs £250.00 from YORKTEST.
2. YORKTEST is the only clinically validated food intolerance test available in the UK and the only test endorsed by Allergy UK.
3. Photos & interview with case study available.
4. YORKTEST was the only food testing company invited to give evidence to a Health Select Committee at the House of Commons in May.
5. They were also featured on BBC Radio 4’s documentary insight into food allergies.
YORKTEST ARE EUROPE’S LEADING AND MOST QUALIFIED COMPANY DEALING IN FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING. WITH SCIENTIFIC BACKING AND TRIALS THE COMPANY RUNS A SERIES OF TESTS WHICH IDENTIFY FOODS CAUSING OVER 40 ILLNESSES FROM MIGRAINE TO IBS.
ALL STARTING WITH A SMALL SAMPLE OF BLOOD SUPPLIED BY THE PATIENT, YORKTEST RUN THE SAMPLE OVER 113 FOOD TYPES TO IDENTIFY ANY ANTIBODY REACTION. FOOD ELIMINATION FOLLOWS AND A DIET PUT IN PLACE TO TREAT THE CONDITION WHICH IS PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN 3 OUT OF 4 CASES.
For further information:
Les Rowley, PR Manager, YORKTEST,
Tel: 01904 428 557/ (M) 07976-746-777 email email@example.com
For food test enquiries call YORKTEST on 0800 074 6185 & receive a free consultation.
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