If you seek medical help every time something hurts your body, you probably won't leave the clinic. From headaches to muscle aches, many of our daily pains and pains are just the normal part of aging. However, if you notice a particular type of pain, not only deal with the particular discomfort but also consult your doctor. New studies may indicate that pain is actually a significantly higher risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read on to see if you may be more likely to have Alzheimer's disease.
1. If you have widespread pain, you are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
A new study published in the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine on August 16 examined the link between pain and dementia. The researchers used data from more than 2,400 participants who underwent extensive monitoring, including detailed pain assessments between 1990 and 1994, and divided it into three pain groups. Common pain is categorized into upper and lower hips, left and right sides of the body, skull, spine, and ribs according to the standards of the American College of Rheumatology.
Studies show that people with widespread pain are 47% more likely to have Alzheimer's disease than those who do not, even after considering other possible factors. These individuals were also at even higher risk than other joint pain-only individuals.
2. Common pain is also a risk factor for other forms of dementia and stroke.
However, people with widespread pain are not only at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Studies show that people with this type of pain also have a 43% increased risk of dementia and a 29% increased risk of stroke from all causes. Researchers say their work is observational, so they don't necessarily confirm that widespread pain is causing these problems, but there is a clear link. "These findings provide compelling evidence that systemic pain (PSA) may be a risk factor for dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD), and stroke," the researchers conclude. I did.
3. People over the age of 65 are at even greater risk of widespread pain.
Researchers have also focused on certain risk factors for people over the age of 65. This subgroup had an even higher risk level for Alzheimer's disease and stroke than the group as a whole. People over the age of 65 with widespread pain have a 48% increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and a 54% increased risk of stroke. But this is not so surprising. The overall risk of dementia and stroke increases with age, regardless of the pain. According to MUSC Health, about 75% of strokes occur in people over the age of 65. Also, according to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, at age 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia doubles every five years.
4. General pain is also associated with other health problems.
According to researchers, previous studies have shown that systemic pain is associated with other complications such as "malaise, psychological distress, and problems with concentration" and other complications such as "irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and kidney disease." It is regularly associated with "medical disorders". A 2017 study in the United Kingdom also found that people with widespread pain were at increased risk of dying from certain health problems, such as cancer and heart disease. However, researchers in this study said that the risk was probably not caused by pain, but by lifestyle factors that were primarily associated with pain, such as decreased physical activity and malnutrition.
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