By: IANS | London |
Published: December 7, 2017 5:42 pm


Opioids act as a sedative which makes patients less active and they have been shown to alter taste perception with a craving for sugar and sweet foods. (Source: File Photo)

If you are regularly in the habit of popping up over-the-counter painkillers, beware, you may be at double the risk of becoming obese as well as have poor sleep, a study has revealed.

Over the past 10 years, there has been a large increase in the prescription of medications such as gabapentinoids such as gabapentin, pregabilin and opiates, for chronic pain management including migraine, diabetic neuropathy and chronic lower back pain.

The findings showed that people on opiates and cardio-metabolic drugs reported 95 per cent rates of obesity, 82 per cent “very high” waist circumference and 63 per cent hypertension, as opposed to those on…

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