Back pain and diabetes are often linked. Diabetics are 35% more likely to have back pain (“low back pain” or “low back pain”), according to a new Australian study. These findings, based on a meta-analysis of trials on the issue, were published in PLOS ONE .
A close link with obesity and lack of physical activity
“Diabetes, lumbar pain, and neck pain seem to be related in one way or another, we can not say how, but these findings suggest that further research on this link is warranted,” said Manuela. Ferreira, professor in a research institute on bones and joints. ” Type 2 diabetesand low back pain are both closely linked to obesity and lack of physical activity,” she adds.
Previous studies have shown that people with diabetes are more likely to have chronic somatic pain, including shoulder , knee and spine pain .
Diabetes has not been associated with neck pain
Eight studies were included in the meta-analysis, which showed that people with diabetes are more likely to report low back pain than other patients. In contrast, diabetes was not associated with the risk of developing neck or spine pain .
Many backaches do not give rise to a medical consultation and are not known to those who suffer (and their entourage). This is why it is difficult to assess the number of patients with low back pain. The prevalence of low back pain (over their entire lives) in the adult population varies by study from 66% to 75%.
550 million diabetic patients for 2025
In 2014, diabetes affected 422 million people worldwide, while it concerned only 108 million patients worldwide in 1980. According to the Organization World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), current forecasts predict 550 million diabetic patients for 2025 and 642 for 2040.
Back pain and diabetes are often linked