Chronic low-back pain in adult with diabetes: NHANES 2009–2010

Ahmed Hassoon, Mohamad Bydon, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Patrick R. Maloney, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Hsin Chieh Yeh

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The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with an increased prevalence of chronic low back pain (CLBP) in the general population. We analyzed data for 5106 adults (4591 without DM & 515 with diagnosed DM), who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2009 through 2010. Adults with DM were older (mean age 54.2 years' vs. 42.1 years), more likely to be obese (BMI > 30, 69.5% vs. 33.3%), less educated (college or above 44.4% vs. 57.3%), had a lower annual income (<$20,000, 16.8% vs. 13.4%), were more likely to be a former smoker (31.5% vs. 20.9%), less physically active (43.5% vs. 59.4%). The prevalence of CLBP was 19.8% in adults with DM vs. 12.9% in adults without DM (age-adjusted OR 1.46; 95% CI, 1.00–1.94, P = .050). After the adjustments for CLBP's known risk factors, the association remained significant (OR 1.39; 95% CI, 1.02–1.92, P = .041). Adults with DM have a higher prevalence of CLBP. Further research is needed to examine the association and pathophysiology of DM and CLBP as well as the role of shared risk factors. Summary Adults with diabetes have higher prevalence of chronic low back pain (CLBP), and higher odds of CLBP after adjusting for LBP risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Diabetes and its Complications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Chronic low back pain
  • Diabetes complication
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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