Dr. Madison shares what the connection between restless leg syndrome and iron deficiency in women is.
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Iron deficiency appears to be—iron deficiency of the brain appears to be related to this problem, meaning that the more deficient certain areas of the brain are, the more severe the restless leg syndrome symptoms. And interestingly, in both patients who are alive as well as an autopsy studies, meaning patients that we know that has sleep apnea, their brains were coming and donated to science and then they could—the studies done to see what is restless leg syndrome in terms of the anatomy and it looks like from these wonderful studies that iron deficiency is an areas of the brain where movement problems come from, in particularly of the areas that are related to Parkinson’s disease. However, this is not a problem that will degenerate or become Parkinson’s disease but some Parkinson’s disease patients can have restless leg syndrome. So first of all, not be a concerned that you have restless leg syndrome that you’re going to have Parkinson’s disease. The simpler strategies that I looked at with my patients are to see if they’re iron deficient because possibly there might be in giving something as simple as iron tablet might help to delay and even potentially improve the symptoms overtime because we can possibly supply more iron to the brain to help with this problem.
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