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Lower Back Pain and Obesity Complication

One of the valid reasons why people suffer from lower back pain is obesity. It should be realized that our lower back carries a weight which may induce on the upper body. While it may  not be the absolute cause of back pain, weight has strong connection with back pain issues according to many studies. It can either accelerate or aggravate the existing condition.

An excess weight most likely causes disc damage over time resulting in bulging or herniation of the disc. A herniated disc is one of the most common spinal problems. The symptom is called "sciatica" which is characterized by a shooting pain with associated pinched lumbar nerve. So, monitor your weight by determining your BMI. Also, be aware of the following contributing factors of obesity crisis which are as follows:

  • taking antidepressant drugs
  • beta-blockers
  • lack of sleep
  • wrongful eating habits and choices
  • stress and anxiety
  • hereditary
  • junk foods
  • aging
  • insulin resistance
  • leptin resistance 
  • added sugar (half glucose,half fructose)

When you are obese, the added weight in your midsection shifts the pelvis forward and causes the spine to curve excessively inward. This condition is called hyperlordosis or swayback in which an abnormal pressure on back muscles are forced to bear the weight.

Obesity is not only achieved by heredity, wrongful diet, and  sedentary lifestyle but also through these following situations, according to studies:

  • when a baby is born via C-section  (9, 10)
  •  when a baby is fed with infant formula (11, 12, 13).
  • having impaired hormone functions and brain chemicals which are involved in food cravings(18, 19)

Obesity crisis has to be immediately addressed as it paves way also for cancers such as breast cancer.

"Collectively," explains lead study author Dr. Joao Incio, of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, "our clinical and preclinical results indicate that obesity fuels resistance to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy in breast cancer via production of several inflammatory and pro-angiogenic factors, depending on the subtype of cancer."

Study shows that obesity increases the release of two cytokines called leptin, and  transforming growth factor beta, into the bloodstream. These cytokines inhibit ACC1 in breast cancer cells.

Finding: The reduction in ACC1 leads to an accumulation of acetyl-CoA. The buildup of acetyl-CoA modifies transcription factors — or proteins that regulate gene expression — in a way that promotes breast cancer metastasis.

Do you wan to get rid of back pains and risk of cancers?

Achieve a healthy weight. Find your  Body Mass Index (BMI)using this calculation and reference.

First, know your height and weight.

For instance:

In metric measurements, if a person weighs 80 kilos and is 1.8 meters tall, their height squared will be 3.24. Eighty divided by 3.24 gives a BMI of 24.69.

A number of websites provide an online tool to calculate BMI.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), BMI can be classified as follows:

  • 15.9 and under is severely thin
  • 18.5 is underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9 is normal healthy weight
  • 25 to 29.9 is overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 is obese
  • 40 and above is morbidly obese

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