Obesity is More Common in Female Fibromyalgia Patients

Obesity is More Common in Female Fibromyalgia Patients
shutterstock_215029426A team led by researchers at the University of Granada in Spain published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology their findings on the differences in body composition profile found in fibromyalgia patients, especially among women. The study is entitled “Does body composition differ between fibromyalgia patients and controls? The al-Andalus project.” Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, fatigue, headaches, sleep disorder and mood alterations. It can affect the ability of the individual to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising the quality of life. Women are known to have a significantly higher susceptibility to fibromyalgia than men. The al-Andalus Project was developed with the purpose of discriminating between the presence or absence of fibromyalgia in patients by determining their ability to perform a specific set of physical fitness tests, including the arm curl, handgrip strength, 30-s chair stand, back scratch and 6-minute walk. The identification of women unable to meet the expected standards in these tests can help in diagnosin
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