A new study reveals that young and middle-aged FM patients report worse symptoms and poorer quality of life than older patients.
The study included 978 FM patients who were divided into three age groups: 39 and younger, 50 to 59, and 60 and older. The younger and middle-aged patients were more likely to be employed, unmarried, smokers, have a higher education level and lower body-mass index (BMI). They were also more likely to have a history of abuse.
(And you might say obviously) The younger and middle-aged patients had FM symptoms for a shorter length of time than older patients, the study authors said.
“Among the three age groups of young, middle-aged and older, symptom severity and quality of life differs,” study senior author Dr Terry Oh, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a clinic news release.
The findings were surprising, because older people generally have poorer quality of life and physical health than younger people, Oh said.
The researcher noted that female FM patients in all three age groups reported a lower quality of life than the average U.S. women, and that the difference between their physical health and that of the average woman was more significant than mental health differences, particularly in young patients.
Because the studies were presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.