Restless Legs Syndrome Tied To Higher Risk Of Early Death

Men who suffer from restless legs syndrome may not live as long as those without the condition, according to a new study.

The study found that men with restless legs syndrome (RLS) were nearly 40 percent more likely to die over the eight-year study, compared to men without RLS. When the researchers excluded from their analysis men with major chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure, those with RLS were 92 percent more likely to die over the study period.

"The results of this study indicate that men with RLS had a higher overall mortality," the researchers wrote in their study.

However, the study shows an association, not a cause-and-effect link between having RLS and an increased risk of dying, and the researchers said that it is not known how RLS might increase the mortality risk. In the study, deaths among men with RLS were frequently due to respiratory disease, endocrine disease, metabolic disease and immunologic disorders.

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Bahar Gholipour
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