Fibromyalgia Patients at Higher Risk of Obesity, Study Shows

Fibromyalgia Patients at Higher Risk of Obesity, Study Shows
In a recent study entitled “Fibromyalgia and Obesity: The Association Between Body Mass Index and Disability, Depression, History of Abuse, Medications, and Comorbidities,” researchers investigated if fibromyalgia (FM) patients exhibit a higher frequency of increased body mass index and how this impacts disease progression. The results confirmed a high incidence of obesity in FM patients associated with worsening of symptoms. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. FM is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, poor sleep, impaired memory and concentration, and is further associated with depression. An increasing number of studies have been reporting a high incidence of obesity in FM patients, and high body mass index (BMI) seems to be associated with pain and fatigue. In fact, BMI might impact on FM progression, since obese FM patients that underwent weight loss exhibited significantly lower levels of pain, tender point counts, sensitivity reaching and, in some cases, absence of FM symptoms. In this study, authors investigated how obesity impacts on some less-studied FM symptoms, including bipolar disorder symptoms, number and types of medications, comorbidities, stress, and history of abuse. Patients at the Cleveland Clinic Fibromyalgia Cohort were enrolled in the study, all diagnosed with FM according to the American College of Rheumatology FM criteria. Patients were subsequently divided into three categories according to their BMI: normal weight, overweight, and obese. Authors studied a total of 224 patien
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