Navigation Links
Pot Belly Boosts Risk for Restless Legs Syndrome
Date:4/6/2009

Obesity may alter nervous system, triggering the movement disorder, researchers say,,,,

MONDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- 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 report is published in the April 7 issue of Neurology.

For the study, Gao's team collected data on almost 89,000 men and women who took part in either the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study or the Nurses' Health Study II. Among these people, 6.4 percent of women and 4.1 percent of men reported having RLS.

The researchers found that obese men and women were almost one-and-a-half times more likely to have RLS compared with their normal-weight counterparts. Moreover, those with the largest waists were also more likely to have RLS compared with people with the slimmest waists.

Some studies suggest that obese people have lower dopamine receptor levels in the brain. Since decreased dopamine is believed to play a role in RLS, there could be a link between obesity and lower dopamine levels, Gao said. Dopamine is produced by the body and transmits signals between nerve cells.

"If future prospective studies confirm that obesity is a risk factor for RLS, weight reduction may contribute to RLS prevention," Gao speculated.

Dr. Carlos Singer, director of the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said the study may be yet another reason to watch your weight.

"This is a warning to all of us -- watch out for obesity," Singer said.

But Singer cautioned that the link between obesity and RLS remains unclear and the two conditions may simply be linked by some other, as yet unknown, factor. Still, he added, it can't hurt to try and lose weight in order to stave off RLS, since "we have plenty of good reasons already not to be obese."

The finding may also provide more clues to the origins of RLS, Singer said. The link between the condition and decreased dopamine is interesting, he added, because dopamine is also a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, another movement disorder.

More information

For more information on restless legs syndrome, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke .



SOURCES: Xiang Gao, M.D., Ph.D., instructor in medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Carlos Singer, M.D., director, Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, and professor of neurology, University of Miami School of Medicine; April 7, 2009, Neurology


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Single-incision belly-button surgery to remove kidney performed first at UT Southwestern
2. The Art Of Maternity(TM) at Destination Maternity(R) Presents A Sacred Passage Into Motherhood; the Art of Belly Masking to Belly Casting
3. Martek Announces Addition of lifesDHA(TM) to Entire Bellybar(TM) Line of Nutrition Bars
4. The missing link between belly fat and heart disease?
5. Losing Weight But Still Have Belly Bulge?
6. Your belly fat could be making you hungrier
7. Introducing GoodBelly(TM) the New Probiotic Fruit Drink Line
8. Flat Belly Diet!(TM) Available in Bookstores
9. Photo: New Yale University Prevention Research Center Study Finds Flat Belly Diet! Reduced Dangerous Visceral Belly Fat by 33%
10. Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24, Celebrate the Great Gift of Laughter
11. Belly Fat May Make Migraines More Likely
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Pot Belly Boosts Risk for Restless Legs Syndrome
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... The iaedp Foundation, the premier ... professionals caring for those suffering from the full spectrum of disordered eating, announced today ... disorders professionals from nearly all 50 states and several countries converged on the Green ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... As the standards bearer of advanced cancer ... positions them as the go-to thought leader in all matters concerning oncology nursing. ... always-on, always-fresh news, views and advocacy engine, called ONS Voice. , The ONS ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Viewers who like to educate themselves on current issues and ... services, and societal issues tend to appreciate and love the "Informed" series, hosted by ... running events for causes around the world. , Running for charity has ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Finding Christ Through ... a devotional journal chronicling the writer’s path toward true communion with God. “Finding ... God #TruthwithGrace” is the creation of published author Lea Michelle Johnson, a follower ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog ... dog who lives his life to the fullest, as God intended. “The Adventures of ... Holmgren, a mother and grandmother pursuing her passion for writing, especially about truth and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... NEW YORK , March 24, 2017 ... ... Research, a leading publisher of cannabis market research, the legal ... 27 percent CAGR through 2021, despite conflicting signals from the ... Analytics, points out that the two biggest drivers of growth ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 Global Ampoules Market ... definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Ampoules ... development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions, development ... ... 105 pages providing 10 company profiles and 183 tables ...
(Date:3/24/2017)...  HealthMine surveys with 9,250 insured consumers fielded from ... members want help from their plans in five key ... health, 2) help closing gaps in care, 3) better ... 5) relevant, real-time guidance. Meeting these needs is essential ... A Reason to Stay Engaged in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: