Obesity, Inactivity Increase Risk of Fibromyalgia
Obesity in women has been linked to higher rates of fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body.
Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found a link between obesity in women and fibromyalgia, an incurable disease that causes chronic pain. The study found an increased risk for fibromyalgia in women who lead a sedentary lifestyle and have a higher body mass index (BMI).
Fibromyalgia (FM) is diagnosed when a patient suffers from chronic pain that lasts for more than three months, tender joints, headaches, unexplained fatigue and mood disturbances. Although the exact cause of FM is unknown, the risk for developing FM increases with age and is more common in women than in men.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 women spanning 11 years. They found that women who exercised four times per week had a 29 percent lower risk of fibromyalgia compared with inactive women. A high BMI was also associated with a lower pain tolerance among patients with FM when compared to sufferers of a normal weight. Study findings were published online last week in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.
The exact connection between FM and obesity is unknown, and researchers are continuing their studies to determine the cause. However, they note that regular physical activity can help lessen the chance of developing the condition and improve overall health.
In a press statement, lead researcher Dr. Paul Mork said, “These findings, together with the current study, indicate that regular physical exercise, and thereby improved physical fitness, may serve as a buffer against the perpetuation of musculoskeletal symptoms that eventually lead to the development of FM.”
There are different degrees of muscle pain, some more severe than others. Simple aches and pains are to be expected when we overexert ourselves, sustain an injury, or experience some sort of trauma. However, the more chronic conditions associated with muscle pain, like fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, lupus, or advanced infections like malaria, influenza, or polio are another subject entirely.
In most cases, muscle pain is the body’s way of telling us that we’ve taxed our bodies beyond their comfortable limits. Determining when pain is chronic or a trigger symptom for one of these more serious conditions requires close monitoring. Regardless, there are specific steps you can take to lessen the soreness and inflammation associated with muscle pain.
Depending on the area of the body, prevention and moderation is the first line of defence against significant muscle aches. For example, if you exercise regularly, dont try to do too much too soon. Conditioning your body to endure painful muscles as a necessary component of physical fitness is foolhardy. The old adage no pain, no gain is a dangerous mindset that encourages people to push themselves too far too often.
While everyone experiences minor aches and pains as a result of physical labour, exercise, or long hours in stationary postures, chronic and repetitive stress on our muscles can break fibres down to the point that a permanent tear, sprain, or dislocation develops that becomes difficult to heal.
Nutrition plays a part in muscle fitness as well. When we sweat, we lose vital electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and magnesium that regulate muscle function. Too much or too little of these compounds in our bodies can create painful muscle cramps when we dont drink enough fluids to replace what we ve lost through exercise or illness.
If you do experience muscle pain, no matter the source, there are common remedies that usually relieve symptoms. Used either individually or in combination, they often produce positive results within a few days. In general, applying ice during the first three days of injury will reduce swelling and pain in strained muscles.
After that, applying heat will improve circulation at the pain site. Resting the area for a short period is wise, but good physical therapy always includes gentle stretching and low-impact aerobic exercise like swimming, walking, or riding a bicycle, if possible.
When does muscle pain indicate a more serious condition that bears medical advice? When pain is particularly severe, lasts for more than three days without some improvement, or if there is swelling or redness at the pain site, a trip to the family doctor may be in order. Other signs for concern would be shortness of breath, fever, vomiting, or weakness or paralysis in any part of the body.
You can, to a certain extent, reduce the likelihood for painful muscle aches by being diligent with your daily routines. Warm up and cool down before exercising, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and stretch at least once every hour when sitting or standing for long periods. Use common sense in judging how your body feels and how much activity you can handle without straining yourself and risking injury.
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