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Who's most likely to get restless legs syndrome?

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About 10% of people have restless legs syndrome, also called RLS. About 2% to 3% of them have moderate to severe symptoms that affect their quality of life. Also:

  • Slightly more women than men get it.
  • Most people with severe RLS are middle-aged or older.
  • Children do not get RLS.
  • People with RLS in their family usually get it at a younger age.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

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