How does the prevalence of restless legs syndrome (RLS) vary between males and females and among races?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Women are affected more commonly than men, in a ratio of almost 2:1. The increased risk of RLS in women is thought to be related to parity; nulliparous women have the same risk of developing RLS that age-matched men do. [18] RLS affects African Americans less commonly than white individuals; this applies even to secondary RLS caused by hemodialysis. [19]


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