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People who have chronic widespread pain die earlier than those without chronic pain, reported new research from the United Kingdom, and lifestyle may play a significant role in their mortality. Chronic widespread pain patients who participated in UK Biobank – a cohort of 500,000 people ages 40 to 69 recruited throughout Great Britain – had a mortality risk ratio of 2.43, according to Gary J. Macfarlane, MD, PhD, of the University of Aberdeen, and colleagues. This excess risk was substantially reduced after adjusting for low levels of physical activity, high body mass index (BMI), poor quality diet, and smoking.

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