The intervertebral disc is an intricate and important
part of the spine. It allows pain-free motion of the spine, or not. If the disc
degenerates, spinal motion deteriorates, and pain often materializes.
This is even more likely for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern Preston diabetic
patients need to address. The newest research
on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Chiropractic Associates
is prepared to do just that for Preston back pain
patients as well as Preston diabetic patients
who also have Preston back pain.
Diabetes, Vitamin D, and the Disc
Diabetic patients with disc degeneration want to take
Vitamin D as it prevents and even treats degenerative changes in their discs.
How? By improving the content of TGF-β and IGF-1, two influential growth factor
cytokines (proteins released by cells that control specific
interactions with other cells). (1) Chiropractic Associates bets you will
agree that it is stunning how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is comprised!
Those cells need Vitamin D to do their job correctly.
Chiropractic Associates encourages Preston diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to care
for these cells nutritionally and with Preston chiropractic
spinal manipulation with Cox Technic.
Glucose Status and the Disc
The glucose status also alters the
oxygen consumption rate of degenerated discs: degenerative discs in low glucose
have higher oxygen consumption rates and degenerative discs in high glucose
have lower oxygen consumption rates. Glucose status has no effect on
non-degenerated discs. (2) Preston degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Chiropractic Associates is positive because
Chiropractic Associates sees it every day in taking care of
our Preston back pain patients.
Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc
The degenerative intervertebral disc has a significantly
higher oxygen consumption rate - 3 to 5 times greater - than the non-degenerative,
normal human disc. The degenerative disc
is different at the cellular level. This oxygen
consumption rate factor influences the behavior
of the disc’s cells and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are
passed through to the disc via
the matrix and endplates. This rate of transport of nutrients is influenced
by the degenerative state of the disc. (2) So when should Vitamin D be consumed
to safeguard and care for the Preston degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.
Schedule your Preston chiropractic appointment at
Chiropractic Associates to review the health status of your Preston
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.