Do you have restless leg syndrome (RLS)? If not, surely you know someone who does. Those of us with RLS tend to kind of whine about it (I may be projecting…).

Now comes real reason to whine. Not only is RLS a pain in the rear, it appears to have some connection to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. For anyone not aware of restless leg syndrome, it manifests itself as involuntary movement or spasms in the legs that show up about the time you want to wind down.

That is the pain in the rear part of RLS. You can be as tired as you can get, yawning and ready to fall asleep and just when you are about there, your legs start doing the river dance thing.

In this recent study it showed that people with RLS were twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The researchers didn’t seem to think that RLS caused the other conditions, but rather some of the causes of restless leg, short periods of high blood pressure for instance, can also cause other health issues.

From a life insurance standpoint, RLS is really not a rateable issue by itself. That is to say that absent any indications of heart disease, your rates wouldn’t increase just based on having RLS. If more evidence comes in showing this link to be consistent and measurable, that might change.

Bottom line. The deeper we dig, the more we find different health issues are related.