Dr. Cruz-Almeida and collaborators shows chronic pain might accelerate brain aging!

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida



Congratulations to Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Assistant Professor for the Institute on Aging and associate director of training and career development for PRICE on publishing her research findings!
Her findings showed that impact of chronic pain on brain changes.


“The greater the pain intensity they were experiencing, the older looking their brain,” said UF Health researcher Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D., MSPH, a UF Institute on Aging faculty member and the study’s lead author. “In previous studies, each year of older brain age relative to your chronological age is actually predictive of about a 6 percent increase in the risk of death.”But Cruz-Almeida found that people who received treatments for their pain, from medication to even home remedies like a cold compress on an aching knee, had younger-appearing brains, suggesting that pain relief might slow that internal clock.Meanwhile, individuals without chronic pain had on average a brain that appeared four years younger than their actual age.

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