Restless Legs Syndrome characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the lower limbs during sitting or lying down, occurs in women in 60% of cases said Dr. Rubén Santoyo Ayala.
One of the most important symptoms that characterizes this condition is the necessary to move the legs, accompanied by pain and discomfort.
The specialist noted that the image appears and is aggravated by inactivity, sitting or lying down, and the discomfort usually improves when moving the legs.
As far as age is concerned, Santoyo Ayala said that it is more common in people over 60 years of age, although it can be presented at any age.
"The exact origin of the disorder is unknown, there are studies that point to a genetic component that changes the transfer of iron to the brain," he explained.
The expert said that patients often complain of tingling, shock, itching, burning, fatigue during the day, in addition to affecting their work performance.
In addition, detailed, refer to an irresistible urge to move the limbs, and have trouble falling asleep, because the discomfort gets worse at night, improving at dawn "and exhausted they fall asleep."
Added to this, Santoyo Ayala emphasized that those who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome have to cope 2.5 times more risk of hypertension, twice more of cardiovascular disease, as well as of digestive, immunological or metabolic changes.
Even, he said, diabetes and kidney failure can be associated with this condition.
Regarding the location of the problem, said that it can affect both legs, especially between knee and ankle, can be asymmetrical, in extreme cases can occur in arms and very rarely in the face or the abdomen.
He added that this syndrome also occurs in pregnant women, with a prevalence of up to one case for every four women in the pregnancy, so it is recommended that these patients strengthen their intake of iron and folic acid to prevent its onset.