Should I expect to have disc degeneration as I age?
It is well known that lumbar intervertebral discs degenerate with normal aging. In a recent study, aging was correlated with disc degeneration at multiple levels, from L1/2 to L4/5. In this same study, as well as others, authors are finding risk factors such as weight and high cholesterol may also lead to disc degeneration. These are factors that can be modified with lifestyle changes.