The intervertebral disc is a complex 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 materializes.
This is even more likely for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more issue Williamson diabetic
patients need to deal with. The newest research
on diabetes and the disc points out that vitamin
D may be of help in the health of the disc. Apple Country Chiropractic
is here to do just that for Williamson back pain
patients as well as Williamson diabetic patients
who also have Williamson 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 circulated by cells that control specific
interactions with other cells). (1) Apple Country Chiropractic 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 composed!
Those cells want Vitamin D to do their job correctly.
Apple Country Chiropractic encourages Williamson diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to care
for these cells nutritionally and with Williamson chiropractic
spinal manipulation with Cox Technic.
Glucose Status and the Disc
The glucose status also affects 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) Williamson degenerated discs respond
differently than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Apple Country Chiropractic is confident because
Apple Country Chiropractic sees it every day in caring for
our Williamson 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 changes the disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are
circulated to the disc by
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 Williamson degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment at
Apple Country Chiropractic to review the health status of your Williamson
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.