Dear Ready To Roll,
Disc injuries happen – a lot. They are a natural part of aging—and some do not cause any symptoms—so technically all humans are at risk at some point. But, while disc change is inevitable, studies show there are certain factors that increase your susceptibility.
Let's start with age and sex (as determined at birth): When a health provider gives a disc injury diagnosis, the patient is usually about 40 years old and slightly more likely to be male than female (Schroeder, 2016).
The type of work a person performs may also play a role; studies show both mechanical loads and high stress on the job can take an intervertebral toll (Marshall, 2010; Seidler 2003). As with many other health issues, your DNA factors in, as well: If degenerative discs run in your family, your individual risk of disease rises, too (Zhang, 2009).
While the above stakes may be beyond your control, you can lessen your vulnerability through lifestyle choices: If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or smoke, for example, you automatically elevate your risk of disc disease (Mobbs 2001, Longo, 2011, Jordan, 2009). Making healthy choices, like getting adequate sleep and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, not only benefits your overall wellness, but directly boosts your back as well.
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