A group of medical experts found that being overweight or obese can intensify your fibromyalgia symptoms. As such, losing some weight can somehow help in managing the pain even better.
Body Wide Inflammation
The cells that are in our body’s fat tissues are often chemically active. As such, they release certain proteins including other chemicals that can intensify body wide inflammation. Medical researchers are beginning to link obesity to a state of constant inflammation. Although fibromyalgia is not a type of inflammatory disease, increased inflammation in the body can play a role in the level of pain and sensitivity.
Growth Hormone IGF-1
One of the factors behind the link between obesity and fibromyalgia is growth hormone. It is an insulin-like growth factor known as IGF-1. This hormone will drop when the BMI of a person increase. On the other hand, IGF-1 has been known to minimize fatigue as a result of fibromyalgia. In fact, most fibromyalgia patients rank fatigue as the top most annoying symptoms in the chronic pain syndrome. It is second to pain, which is the most unbearable symptom of all. This was according to a research done by the University of Gothenburg.
During a research and therapy study on arthritis, the researchers have tested the blood level of the IGF-1. They have also tested other measures on 48 individuals who are suffering from fibromyalgia. These participants went through a supervised exercise program. Researchers found that doing a 45-minute walking exercise at least twice a week could increase the level of IGF-1. As a resulted, they observed a decrease of fatigue among individuals who are either overweight, obese and healthy. The results have however occurred faster among those who are lightweight and have normal weight than the obese participants.
Exercise Decrease Fatigue and Improves Symptoms
Experts believe that moderate exercising can help decrease fatigue among fibromyalgia patients. However, some experts point that this has to do with the IGF-1 activity. The effect of regular exercising in a recent study was strongest among lean participants. However, after six months, exercising has also benefited obese and overweight individuals.
Losing weight can significantly improve fibromyalgia symptoms. In a study done in 2012, researchers made a comparison between fibromyalgia patients who lowered their BMIs and patients whose weight remained the same. Researchers found that those who lost weight exhibited healthier levels of inflammatory proteins. Furthermore, they also showed improvement in dealing other fibromyalgia symptoms such as depression and sleep problems.