“Invisible” Illness, Chronic Fatigue, & How To Beat It

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Fatigue is our body’s way of signaling that it’s time to rest and recover.

Most people have experienced it occasionally, but less than 1% of people experience chronic fatigue (fatigue that lasts 6 months or more).

Chronic fatigue is known as an invisible illness. It’s hard to diagnose due to its lack of visible symptoms, therefore “getting more sleep” is the only advice you may hear from most doctors and health experts.

But what they don’t know is that having chronic fatigue is like being stuck in a vortex – and it’s extremely difficult to get out of unless you attack it from ALL angles.

Searching for answers

If your chronic fatigue is as severe as mine was, simply trying a new diet or supplement may only provide temporary relief.

My experience began at a very young age. Before I even realized I had chronic fatigue, I knew something wasn’t right about the way I felt.

I tried to get enough sleep – but I felt like I could sleep forever and still feel tired. But beyond that, I was always told I was basically “the pinnacle of health” at the doctor’s office.

The complete disregard of my very real symptoms made me second guess myself – and eventually, it became easier not to mention it at all. I never would have discovered what was really going on if I didn’t look into it on my own.

For me, it started with looking at my DNA.

Beating chronic fatigue

There are many factors that cause chronic fatigue. For example, stress has the potential to cause or worsen physical and mental fatigue.

However, you and I may handle stress differently – and stress from work may lead to fatigue for me, but not for you.

This is partly due to genetics.

For example, I carry a poorly functioning BDNF gene variant, which means I’m predisposed to developing fatigue from stress. I also carry an AMPD1 variant that is linked to fatigue.

But understanding my DNA was only part of the story.

I needed to know what actions I should take to override the negative effects of these genetic variants. It took thousands of PubMed articles for me to find out – but SelfDecode’s Fatigue Report does that work for you and thousands of others who suffer from chronic fatigue.

❌ My AMPD1 variant is linked to fatigue

✅ My Report recommends supplementing with creatine to help with fatigue by supplying the body with energy

More accurate insights based on your DNA

SelfDecode’s new Fatigue Report breaks down how your genetics play a role in your chronic fatigue by using the most cutting-edge A.I. and machine-learning algorithms that science has to offer.

And you won’t find information that is this comprehensive anywhere else.

Other DNA reports stop at analyzing 1-2 of the most common genetic variants, and the health advice usually doesn’t change for each person based on their DNA – it’s general advice that works for most people.

SelfDecode’s Fatigue Report analyzes over 8,000 genetic variants so you can see your risk for chronic fatigue, and a prioritized list of personalized lifestyle, diet, and supplement recommendations based on your DNA. That’s REAL personalized health.

Why is knowing your genetic risk important? Because if you have low genetic risk and you suffer from chronic fatigue, it could stem from some environmental issue or another health issue. For example, chronic inflammation (from other health issues), diet, mold, toxins and other environmental factors can cause chronic fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Wellness Report

I personally know that chronic fatigue is very real. And when I had exhausted all resources, self-experimentation was my last resort.

But for the folks who also experience it, you now have a new resource to understand your genetic risks, so you can take action towards feeling better, right now.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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