Different Back Pain Risk Factors Among Men and Women

Brazilian researchers analyzed data from a 2013 National Health Survey and found that 18.5% of the Brazilian population suffers from chronic back pain. Among men, risk factors for chronic back pain include: 65 years or older; low education level; living in rural area; history of smoking, high salt intake, heavy physical activity at work or home; being overweight or obese; hypertension; high cholesterol; and worse overall health. Among women, the researchers found the following risk factors for chronic back pain: 55-64 years of age; low education level; history of smoking, regular candy consumption, high salt intake, heavy physical activity at work or at home; overweight or obese; hypertension, high cholesterol; and worse health assessment. Public Health Magazine (Brazil), June 2017