The intervertebral disc is a complex 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 likely for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more issue Pflugerville diabetic
patients need to deal with. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Pflugerville Wellness Center
is prepared to do just that for Pflugerville back pain
patients in additional to Pflugerville diabetic patients
who also have Pflugerville 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) Pflugerville Wellness Center bets you will
agree that it is stunning how the health of the disc gets
down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed!
Those cells need Vitamin D to do their job correctly.
Pflugerville Wellness Center urges Pflugerville diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to take care of these cells nutritionally and with Pflugerville 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) Pflugerville degenerated discs react
differently than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Pflugerville Wellness Center is positive because
Pflugerville Wellness Center sees it daily in caring for
our Pflugerville back pain patients.
Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc
The degenerative intervertebral disc has a notably
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 behavior
of the disc’s cells 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 Pflugerville degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.
Schedule your Pflugerville chiropractic appointment at
Pflugerville Wellness Center to review the health status of your Pflugerville
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerative or not.