Obesity Not Linked to Low Back Pain in Twin Study

Share this content:
Obesity Not Linked to Low Back Pain in Twin Study
Obesity Not Linked to Low Back Pain in Twin Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity-related measures are not associated with the risk of developing chronic low-back pain (LBP) after accounting for genetic factors, according to a study published in the February issue of The Spine Journal.

Amabile Borges Dario, from the University of Sydney, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study to examine whether obesity-related measures increase the risk of chronic LBP outcomes. Data were obtained for 1,098 twins from the Murcia Twin Registry in Spain, aged 43 to 71 years, without chronic LBP at baseline. After two to four years, data on chronic LBP, activity-limiting LBP, and care-seeking for LBP were collected.

The researchers found that there was no increase in chronic LBP risk for any obesity-related measures: body mass index (men/women, odds ratio [OR], 0.99; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 0.86 to 1.14), percentage fat mass (women, OR, 0.87; 95 percent CI, 0.66 to 1.14), waist circumference (women, OR, 0.98; 95 percent CI, 0.74 to 1.3), and waist-to-hip ratio (women, OR, 1.05; 95 percent CI, 0.81 to 1.36). For activity-limiting LBP and care-seeking due to LBP, the results were similar. The nonsignificant results remained unchanged after adjustment for genetics and early environmental factors shared by twins.

"After two to four years, obesity-related measures did not increase the risk of developing chronic LBP or care-seeking for LBP with or without adjustment for familial factors such as genetics in Spanish adults," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions

More in Home

ACOG: Shared Decision-Making Key to Breast Cancer Screening

ACOG: Shared Decision-Making Key to Breast Cancer Screening

Critically important for patient's value, preferences be factored into process, ACOG leader says

Three Lifestyle Interventions May Slow Cognitive Decline

Three Lifestyle Interventions May Slow Cognitive Decline

Cognitive training, management of hypertension, increased physical activity all help delay decline

CDC: Zika Can Be Found in Placental, Fetal Tissue at Birth

CDC: Zika Can Be Found in Placental, Fetal ...

Of 546 live births with possible maternal Zika virus, 11 percent proved positive

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »