Many experts have felt that abnormal plaquing of the blood vessels (most commonly caused by high cholesterol levels) in the lower back may lead to spinal disc degeneration and low back pain. Researchers have released a new study in which their findings support this belief. The study consisted of more than 900 participants were followed and surveyed periodically during a 28-year period. Researchers found those with high levels of serum cholesterol experienced an increased occurrence of radiating low back pain.
Source: Spine. 31(9):1032-1037, April 20, 2006.