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 starts.
This is even more likely for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern Chicago diabetic
patients need to tackle. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc points out that vitamin
D may be of help in the health of the disc. Chiropractic Care
is prepared to do just that for Chicago back pain
patients as well as Chicago diabetic patients
who also have Chicago 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 Care bets you’ll
agree that it is astonishing 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 properly.
Chiropractic Care urges Chicago diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to tend these cells nutritionally and with Chicago 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) Chicago degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Chiropractic Care is sure because
Chiropractic Care sees it every day in caring for
our Chicago 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 modifies the disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are
distributed 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 consumed
to protect and care for the Chicago degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Chicago chiropractic appointment at
Chiropractic Care to discuss the health status of your Chicago
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.