Does being overweight have an effect on fibromyalgia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Being overweight can have some effect on fibromyalgia because the extra weight can also affect your sleep, your ability to exercise and your eating habits.

Research has shown that regular exercise is a very positive step and one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. Just a routine walking program can help reduce your muscle pain and morning stiffness. If you are overweight, you may be unable to participate in an exercise program as regularly as you may need.

Eating healthy and practicing good portion control can also help those with fibromyalgia to have more energy and generally improve your overall health. Being overweight may affect both your food choices and energy levels.

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