Restless Legs Syndrome
Am I at Risk
RLS appears to be more common in middle-aged and older adults, but people of all ages may develop it, including children.
Risk factors for RLS:
_____ Researchers have identified some of the genes that contribute to RLS in some people. If your family members have RLS, your risk is increased.
_____ People with anemia or low iron levels in their blood may have an increased risk for RLS.
_____ Neuropathy, nerve damage associated with diabetes or peripheral neuropathy, appears to be associated with an increased risk for developing RLS.
_____ People receiving dialysis for end-stage kidney disease have an increased risk of RLS.
_____ It appears that some women develop RLS during pregnancy, but the condition often resolves after childbirth.
RLS is an uncomfortable condition, but it is not life-threatening. Some people with RLS develop periodic limb movements in sleep, a condition that causes leg jerking during sleep.
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