05/12/2010 - News

Obesity Increases Risk for Fibromyalgia

By: June Chen, MD


Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition characterized by chronic, body-wide pain and tender points in the muscles, tendons, joints, and other soft tissues. According to the results of a study published in the May 2010 issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research, overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk of fibromyalgia, especially among women with low levels of physical exercise.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology performed a longitudinal study among 15,990 women without fibromyalgia whose physical exercise and body mass index were used to explore the risk of having fibromyalgia. At 11 years follow-up, 280 f these women had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The researchers found that body mass index was an independent risk factor for fibromyalgia, and overweight or obese women had a 60-70% higher risk of fibromyalgia compared to women of normal weight. The risk of fibromyalgia was highest among overweight or obese women who were either inactive or exercised less than one hour per week.

The study authors point out that obesity and fibromyalgia share some of the same etiologic factors, which might explain the increase in the risk. Based on the findings of this study, regular physical exercise and subsequent improvements in physical fitness may buffer against the eventual development of fibromyalgia.



Arthr Care Res. 2010; 62: 611-617.


Created on: 05/12/2010
Reviewed on: 05/12/2010

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago


Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

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