Background and Aim: Growth of the elderly population is a worldwide phenomenon that impacts public health. The objective of this study was to compare the pain levels, strength, and quality of life among elderly obese with diabetes or hypertension.
Methods: The study cohort comprised 52 obese elderly subjects with hypertension (n = 35) and diabetes (n = 17). The parameters measured were anthropometric features, handgrip strength, visual analogue scale for pain, and quality of life using the World Health Organization questionnaire.
Results: The level of pain reported by obese hypertensive elderly subjects (5.3 ± 3.4) was lower than reported by obese diabetic elderly subjects (7.4 ± 2.4). Obese hypertensive elderly scored higher on quality of life (sensory functioning and past, present, and future activities) than obese diabetic elderly. No differences were observed for the other parameters. Strength, pain, anthropometrics, and hemodynamics were not correlated to quality of life.
Conclusion: Obese elderly diabetics exhibit worse pain scores, sensorial abilities, and past, present, and future activities than obese hypertensive elderly individuals.
Relevance for patients: The difference in pain and quality of life aspects between obese elderly individuals with hypertension and diabetes should be accounted for in health care programs designed for these individuals.
Thiago dos Santos Rosa. Graduation Program on Physical Education – Catholic University of Brasilia, QS 7 LT 01, Águas Claras, Brasília - DF – DF, 71966-700.
Michal Heger Department of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Department of Pharmaceutics, Jiaxing University Medical College, Zhejiang, China