Richmond Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D

July 11, 2017

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 rises. This is even more probable for patients with diabetes. It is|It’s]5] just one more concern Richmond diabetic patients need to tackle. The newest research on diabetes and the disc signifies that vitamin D may help with the health of the discJohnson Chiropractic is prepared to do just that for Richmond back pain patients in additional to 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’ll 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 composed! Those cells crave Vitamin D to do their job well. Johnson Chiropractic encourages Richmond diabetic and non-diabetic patients alike to look after these cells nutritionally and with Richmond chiropractic spinal manipulation with Cox Technic.  

Glucose Status and the Disc

The glucose status also influences 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) Richmond degenerated discs react in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this, Johnson Chiropractic is confident because Johnson Chiropractic sees it daily 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 cellularly different. This oxygen consumption rate factor modifies the disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional state of the disc’s tissue 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 safeguard 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 benefit them whether they are degenerated or not.