Half of people aged 70 and older suffer from some type of chronic pain, and those who are obese are twice as likely to be affected, according to a new study from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In this study, obese people were more likely to have pain in virtually every part of the body than were normal-weight people.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for three months or longer. It is known to be common among older people, but obesity will further play a role in chronic pain by adding stress to the joints, and promoting inflammation. A number of diseases caused by obesity, such as diabetes, arthritis, and depression, to name but a few, can result in chronic pain.
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