Chronic pain common in obese elderly


The U.S. Einstein Aging Study reports that a majority of the elderly living in the community have chronic pain (McCarthy et al. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; epublished November 19, 2008). The study surveyed 840 people aged >70 years (average 80 years). Chronic pain was defined as pain of at least moderate severity (>4 on a 10-point scale) at least some of the time in the previous 3 months.

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