There’s a new risk of obesity according to new research published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). In a study of over 2,500 participants, experts have found that the risk of lumbar spine disc degeneration is much higher among adults who are overweight or obese were significantly more likely to suffer from disc degeneration than those with a normal body mass index (BMI).
While, previous research has linked higher BMI to low back pain, a team of researchers at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong wanted to investigate “the association between elevated BMI and presence, extent, and severity of lumbar spine disc degeneration on MRI in adults.”
The findings confirmed that elevated BMI levels lead to “significant’ increases in the degree of disc degeneration. Study authors think that pressure on the disc from weight gain and inflammation from fat cells can accelerate disc degeneration.
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Source: Medical Xpress “Lumbar disc degeneration more likely in overweight and obese adults”