The Link between Obesity and Low Back Pain
We know that obesity can cause a variety of problems. Besides heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, it can also be a major contributing factor to low back pain. And did you know that it can also cause hip and knee pain as well? Most people don’t recognize pain as a direct result of being overweight, but realistically, our bodies were only designed to carry a certain amount of weight. The weight (no pun intended) of our excess pounds is carried by our low back and joints.
So below are some easy dietary guidelines to follow if you are trying to loose a few extra pounds…
Look at your diet and see how it measures up:
- Whole grains: Increase whole grains by choosing whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Make at least half your grain servings whole grains.
- Vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Most adults need 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
- Fruits: Add fruit to meals and snacks— fresh, frozen or canned—to get about 2 cups each day.
- Low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy beverages: Include 3 cups per day for calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium. Lactose-free milk is also an option.
Cut back on the heavy preservatives, added sugars (including sugary drinks), and pay attention to the nutritional label on foods.
Don’t think of it as a diet. Think of it as an investment in yourself.
And if you want more information on how we can help treat your back pain or joint pain, call us at Pain Medicine Group to see how we can help.