Back pain is one of the most common complaints reported by a majority of the population. Affecting many people temporarily or for an extended period of time at least once throughout their lifetime, back pain is generally the result of trauma from an accident, injury or due to an aggravated medical condition.
But, can an improper diet based on refined sugar and processed fat cause back pain?
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine believe that consuming an excess amount of these foods can cause inflammation in the body which may gradually degenerate the intervertebral discs, cartilaginous joints found between each vertebrae that act as shock absorbers and ligaments for all the movements of the spine. The degeneration of these structures may lead to back pain and other spinal complications.
Furthermore, an improper nutrition is also associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, another factor which may cause changes to the spine that could also lead to back pain and other painful symptoms.
Back pain is a common symptom which can result from a variety of injuries and/or conditions. New evidence suggests that an improper diet can also lead to back pain. People who follow a diet high in sugars and processed foods can develop complications, including type 2 diabetes, which can cause inflammation in the body as well as degenerative changes in the spine. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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