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Fibromyalgia: Is Insulin Resistance 'The Missing Link?'

Tuesday 14 May 2019


From Medical News Today:


Researchers have managed to diminish fibromyalgia-
related pain using a drug for insulin resistance.

Fibromyalgia: Is insulin resistance 'the missing link?'

By Maria Cohut
Fact checked by Isabel Godfrey
May 14, 2019
© 2004-2019 All rights reserved.

Researchers have noticed that a drug that doctors commonly use to treat insulin resistance can also address the pain of fibromyalgia, which has provided them with a new clue about this chronic condition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fibromyalgia affects 4 million people in the United States alone, which equates to about 2% of the population. However, researchers still have no idea what causes this widespread condition.

Recently though, researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston made an intriguing find.

In collaboration with colleagues from other institutions, the researchers identified a connection between fibromyalgia and insulin resistance. They were also able to treat fibromyalgia-related pain by using a drug that doctors commonly prescribe to help the body regulate blood sugar levels.


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