Adults with Obesity exhibit Lumbar Disc Degeneration

Lumbar disc degeneration, which is one of the causes of low back pain, is found to have strong link with high body mass index among adults and according to the latest study it is found that those suffering from overweight and obesity are at higher risk of developing this condition as compared to those adults with a normal weight or BMI. The detailed study over lumbar disc degeneration and obesity is available in Arthritis & Rheumatism which is a journal by Wiley-Blackwell, published on the lieu of the American College of Rheumatology.

The study states that high body mass index is connected with elevated level count of degenerated disks and higher severity such as constringing of the disc space etc. There were 2599 participants- 1040 men and 1559 females, in this study belonging to various economical and social backgrounds and had mean age as 42 years. They were recruited irrespective of the fact whether they suffered from low back pain or not. Radiography and clinical studies were conducted by the researchers and Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) of every individual was collected.
Lumbar disc degeneration

The findings showed that 73 out of hundred subjects have disc degeneration with males displaying elevated occurrence than women. Also growing age was found to be one of the factors adding towards the prevalence of lumbar disc degeneration. According to the authors of this study, with the gain in weight, physical load over the disc and low grade chronic swelling from the fat cells may contribute in disc degeneration in obese. Dr. Samartiz, one of the researchers, said higher BMI has lead to remarkable increase in disc degeneration severity worldwide and narrowing of disc space, which is the last stage of this condition, is more common with obese people. Furthermore, he added that obesity and overweight are major health concerns globally and the consequences of low back pain could be more sever if these problems continue to affect the society.

According to current statistics, more than 1.5 billion people, 20 years and above, are overweight out of that 300 million are females and 200 million are males approximately.

Lumbar disc degeneration is an intricate process concerning with chemical and structural changing of the disc. The authors said that there is a need to developing better understanding of how BMI links with disc degeneration which could, in turn, help in forming fresh intrusions for improving the living quality of those suffering with such conditions.

Adults with Obesity exhibit Lumbar Disc Degeneration
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