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Obesity linked to restless leg syndrome

Posted Apr 07 2009 11:00pm

Here’s an interesting result to a study done on the mysterious ailment: restless leg syndrome (rls) as reported by HealthDay :

Having a big belly or being obese appears to increase the risk for restless legs syndrome (RLS), a new study finds.

Some 5 percent to 10 percent of adults in the United States have RLS, a disorder that causes people to feel a compelling need to move their legs, especially when they’re lying down. The condition can have a substantial impact on sleep, daily activities and quality of life, researchers say.

In the new study, “we found that obesity was associated with a 40 percent higher risk of having RLS,” said lead researcher Dr. Xiang Gao, an instructor in medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Individuals with a higher waist circumference, a marker for central obesity, are also 60 percent more likely to having RLS relative to those with a low waist circumference,” he added.

The researchers also found an association between obesity at age 20 and a higher risk of having the disorder in mid-life or later, Gao said, while noting, “This suggests that obesity could be a risk factor for development of RLS.”

The entire article with more details on the finding can be found here .

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