People with diabetes have a 35% greater risk of back pain and a 24% higher risk of neck pain than people without diabetes, according to an Australian post-analysis on Friday.
Researchers at the University of Sydney evaluated the data from eight previous studies to show that diabetes and back pain co-exist at a disproportionately high rate, although they did not show a direct causal relationship between the two.
"Diabetes and pain and neck of back pain seem to be linked in some way, we can not say how, but these findings indicate that more research is needed to link up," said lead author of the article, Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira Institute. Bone University and Joint Research said.
"Type 2 diabetes and back pain have a strong relationship with obesity and lack of physical activity, so a sensible development of this research could be to look at these factors in more detail." Our analysis adds to the evidence that Weight Control and Physical Activity play the key roles in maintaining health. "
It is estimated that 382 million people live with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, while most adults will experience neck pain and lower back pain at some point in their lives.
The team said that its findings require more research to determine how these lesions are associated and potentially relieve some of their effects.