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Diabetes May Increase Risk of Back and Neck Pain

Previous studies have found that people with diabetes are more likely to experience shoulder, knee, and spinal pain. A new study has found that diabetics are more likely to report low back pain and neck pain compared to those without diabetes.


Researchers from the University of Sydney included eight studies in their analysis. All eight studies assessed the association between diabetes and back or neck pain outcomes. All of the participants in the studies were 18 years or older.


The researchers found that people with diabetes have a 35% higher risk of experiencing low back pain and a 25% higher risk of experiencing neck pain compared to those without diabetes. The researchers did not have enough evidence to establish a casual relationship between diabetes and back or neck pain.  However, they did find that diabetes medication could influence pain, possibly via its effect on blood glucose levels.


The study was published February 21, 2019 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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