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 disc. Johnson 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.