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Men, not women with diabetes may have higher chronic lower back pain risk

September 16, 2019  By Rheumatology Network

Men with diabetes may have a higher risk of subsequently experiencing chronic lower back pain, say researchers writing in BMJ Open this month.

People with diabetes are often affected by lower back pain, but whether diabetes represents a risk factor for back pain has not been studied in detail. Previous studies have suggested a relationship between increased blood glucose levels and lower back pain, and that lumbar spinal stenosis may be associated with diabetes. While the two conditions have important risk factors in common, including being overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and smoking, few epidemiological studies have looked at relations between diabetes and back pain. | READ MORE

Ingrid Heuch, Ivar Heuch, Knut Hagen, et al. ”Does diabetes influence the probability of experiencing chronic low back pain? A population-based cohort study: the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study.” BMJ Open. Sept 12, 2019. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031692


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