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Richmond Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D

The intervertebral disc is an intricate and essential part of the spine. It allows pain-free motion of the spine, or not. If the disc degenerates, spinal motion deteriorates, and pain often starts. This is even more likely for patients with diabetes. It is|It’s]5] just one more concern Richmond diabetic patients need to deal with. The latest research on diabetes and the disc signifies that vitamin D may be of help in the health of the discJohnson Chiropractic is ready to do just that for Richmond back pain patients as well as Richmond diabetic patients who also have Richmond 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) Johnson Chiropractic bets you will agree that it is amazing how the health of the disc gets down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is comprised! Those cells crave Vitamin D to do their job well. Johnson Chiropractic encourages Richmond diabetic and non-diabetic patients similarly to take care of these cells nutritionally and with Richmond 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. The glucose status did not alter non-degenerated discs. (2) Richmond degenerated discs react in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this, Johnson Chiropractic is confident because Johnson Chiropractic sees it every day in caring for our Richmond back pain patients.

Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc

The degenerative intervertebral disc has a substantially 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 disc’s cellular behavior and even its tissue’s nutritional status as nutrients are distributed to the disc via the matrix and endplates. This rate of transport of nutrients is affected by the degenerative state of the disc. (2) So when should Vitamin D be taken to protect and care for the Richmond degenerative disc? When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.

Schedule your Richmond chiropractic appointment at Johnson Chiropractic to discuss the health status of your Richmond spinal discs and how Vitamin D may be of benefit to them whether they are degenerative or not.

 
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