Decision Analysis

Fibromyalgia and diet-related diseases

Date: 12/2011
Author(s): Arranz, L.I.; Canela Campos, Miguel Ángel; Rafecas, M.
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Sector: Physicians and health
Languages: English

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Many people in the world suffer from fibromyalgia (FM), a rheumatic disease of unknown ethiopathophysiology and without an effective treatment. Patients do not have a good quality of life and cannot maintain normal daily activity. FM commonly occurs with other diseases, some of them, like irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, or some food allergies or intolerances, are related to or affected by diet. Non-scientific information addressed to patients regarding the benefits of nutrition is widely available, and patients are used to trying non-evidenced strategies. The aim of this paper is to make a first reflection on the relevance of diet-related diseases in FM patients, reinforce investigation in this field and highlight the importance of health professional advice regarding diets and use of food supplements. An internet-based survey was prepared and published on a specific FM website. Patients were asked about hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and intolerances, and overweight or obesity. Ninety-seven people answered the survey, two men and ninety-five women. Irritable bowel syndrome and excess weight (overweight and obesity) were the most reported diet-related diseases. In third place were food allergies or intolerances, and in fourth place hypertension. Diet-related diseases are frequent in FM patients, who even sometimes suffer more than two. Therefore, more investigation and dietary advice seems to be needed to help these patients improve their diets, taking not only FM but also other pathologies into account, in order to maintain an optimum nutritional status and a normal weight.

Bibliographic citation: Arranz, L.I.; Canela Campos, Miguel Ángel; Rafecas, M., "Fibromyalgia and diet-related diseases: Does health professional advice make sense?", Journal of Pharmacy and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011, pp 1 - 6
Reference: 10.6000/1927-5951.2011.01.02.05 (DOI)