Chronic pain linked to increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, new study finds

The study was published Monday in the journal proceedings of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS.

Feb 21, 2023, 1:52 PM

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Chronic pain is linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, according to a new study.
The study was published Monday in the journal proceedings of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS.
The study found that people were able to cut their risk of dementia by 57% by taking just 6,300 steps a day.
However, those who suffer from chronic pain like arthritis, cancer or back pain, the hippocampus of the brain aged by about a year in a 60-year-old person compared with people with no pain.
The risk rose as the number of pain sites in the body increased.


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