WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A new study released today in the online issue of Neurology shows a strong link between adult men with RLS and early death.
Restless Legs Syndrome affects 5-10% of adult American men. According to the study's author, Xiang Gao M.D. Ph.D., RLS is a commonly underdiagnosed disease. A person with RLS often has uncontrollable urges to move his legs. They experience sensations such as burning, creeping, and tugging. This syndrome worsens at night.
The study observed 18,425 men with an average age of 67. 3.7% or 690 men were found to have RLS.
Results of the study show that men with RLS have a 40% higher chance of early death compared to those with out the disease.
The study did not assess the long term health risk of RLS in children.
The study is also supported by National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.