A recent study published in the Journal of Pain found that losing weight may help reduce global pain. In this article, we are going to explore some of the findings of this study.
For the study, researchers asked 123 participants about their levels of pain at 19 different areas of the body. These participants were limited to a calorie-restricted diet for 3-4 months so that researchers could study the effects of weight loss on pain levels.
“This was particularly interesting because there were not high levels of pain in this patient population to begin with, but we were still able to find a significant reduction,” said Dr. Andrew Schrepf, a research investigator for the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. “I suspect, therefore, that the conventional wisdom as to how weight loss impacts pain is too limited. Central nervous system mechanisms of pain may very well be affected in a positive way by the intervention.”
This is a fascinating study that will no doubt be expanded upon in the future.
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