- •Biopsychosocial stress associated with chronic pain may accelerate the aging process.
- •Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a recognized biomarker of cellular aging.
- •In this nationally representative study, chronic pain was not associated with LTL.
- •There were no significant interactive effects of pain and emotional distress on LTL.
- •Further investigation of LTL with more comprehensive assessment of pain is needed.
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This research was supported in part by funding from the Scan|Design Foundation to the University of Washington's Innovations in Pain Research Program.
D.C.T. has consulted for the following companies in the past 3 years: Pfizer, Nektar, Develco, Ironwood, Mallincrodt, Orexo, and Xydnia. All other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.