Shared diseases, differential risk: fibromyalgia (Spain)

Shared diseases, differential risk: fibromyalgia (Spain)
2005. Walking around Madrid. (Spain) © AEEH

Shared diseases, differential risk: fibromyalgia (Spain)

Fibromyalgia is an emerging disease —recognised by WHO in 1992— which particularly affects people between the ages of 20 and 50, mostly women. It has been suggested that fibromyalgia and other emerging diseases are linked to physical-chemical environmental pollution in the workplace (insecticides and solvents for example). In Spain it affects four times as many women (4.2%) as (0.2%).

Some publications suggest a greater physiological sensitivity in women compared to men to the three emerging diseases in the 21st century: multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. However, more research is needed to confirm these results as conclusive.