What is the relation between poor nutrition and back pain?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: July 23, 2019

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What is the relation between poor nutrition and back pain?

Poor nutrition and back pain are more closely related than you might think. Remember to see a doctor if you have chronic pain or need urgent help.

An adequate diet is the basis for survival, health and growth. Mexicans have very bad dietary habits.

The increase and imbalance in the consumption of highly caloric foods (high in calories), rich in saturated fats and sugars is due, to a large extent, to processed products of high energy density. For example: carbonated beverages with sugar (soda) and packaged products rich in fat and salt (sodium chloride and glutamate), and poor in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Also important is the low level of physical activity caused by urbanization and sedentary lifestyles, as well as underlying factors such as access to and sources of food, advertising, and obesity-generating environments.

Poor nutrition and back pain

All of these factors increase the risk of suffering from obesity throughout the course of one's life, increasing the appearance of back and joint problems, chronic non-communicable diseases that translate into disability and premature death. Mexico ranks second in the world in number of obese adults, and is at the top of the list in adults who are overweight or obese (OECD, 2017). It also ranks first in the world in child obesity (UNICEF, 2017). In the medium and long term, the situation could worsen since, according to OECD 2017 estimates , the obesity rate is expected to increase to 39.2% in 2030, from 32.4% in 2012.

Chronic progressive low back pain is partly due to the biomechanical stress that abdominal obesity exerts on the fifth lumbar vertebra and the sacrum, and the corresponding disc. The spine is in an incorrect posture and the forces supported by the lumbar spine increase dramatically, causing back pain.

The solution

While nutritional and dietary needs are individual and vary according to age, sex, health, status and activity levels, basic adult dietary advice includes:

  • Eating whole grains appropriately for every meal.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eating legumes regularly.
  • Consuming skim milk and dairy.
  • Eating lean meat, meaning with no skin.
  • Eating fish at least twice a week.
  • Choosing fats and oils carefully and in limited amounts.
  • Limiting the consumption of sugar and sugary foods and drinks.
  • Limiting the consumption of salt and processed foods.
  • Drinking water regularly.
  • Exercising 4 to 5 times a week for 30 minutes.

Learn about our nutrition services

At theCentro de la Columna Vertebral we have nutrition experts who can help you undergo a comprehensive treatment to manage and eliminate chronic back pain. Good nutrition is essential to maintain an adequate body weight, a factor of great importance to our comprehensive treatment for spinal pain and herniated discs in the spine.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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