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.