Ever get that irresistible urge to move your legs, especially at night? You could be suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome. And to make matters worse, a new study has found those with RLS are at a higher risk for stroke, heart and kidney disease, and even an earlier death.
Researchers used a database of more than three million veterans. They selected one group of 3,700 individuals with a new RLS diagnosis, and a second group of 3,700 individuals who didn’t have the neurological-sleep-movement disorder, but who had more than 20 demographic and clinical factors in common with the first group. The team then tracked these groups for roughly eight years to compare the instances of stroke, coronary heart disease, chronic kidney disease, or death from any cause.
The instance of stroke and heart disease in those with RLS was four times that of the non-RLS group and the incidence of kidney disease was three times greater. The researchers stress that their study only shows an association, not that RLS directly brings on these conditions.
But just how many people suffer from RLS and what are the side effects if not these chronic ailments? Take a look at the following information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.