Diabetes individuals may have a 35 percent higher risk of developing back pain and a 24 percentage of experiencing neck pain too, finds a new study. The results of this study are published in the PLOS ONE journal.
‘Scientists also recommended that health care professionals should consider screening for unknown diabetes in patients seeking care for neck pain or low back pain.’Their findings, based on meta-analyses of studies that assess the links between diabetes and back or neck pain outcomes.
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Most adults experience low back pain during their lives and almost half suffer neck pain at some stage. Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent chronic condition; an estimated 382 million people live with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of this metabolic disease.
There was insufficient evidence in the review to establish a causal relationship between diabetes and back or neck pain, the paper’s senior author Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira from the University’s Institute of Bone and Joint Research said. But the findings warrant further investigation of the association.
"Diabetes and low back pain and neck pain seem to be somehow connected. We can’t say how but these findings suggest further research into the link is warranted," Associate Professor Ferreira said.
"Type 2 diabetes and low back pain both have a strong relationship with obesity and lack of physical activity, so a logical progression of this research might be to examine these factors in more detail. Our analysis adds to the evidence that weight control and physical activity play fundamental roles in health maintenance."
It also recommended health care professionals should consider screening for unknown diabetes in patients seeking care for neck pain or low back pain.