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 occurs.
This is even more possible for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern Lynchburg 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. Palmer Chiropractic Center
is ready to do just that for Lynchburg back pain
patients as well as Lynchburg diabetic patients
who also have Lynchburg 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) Palmer Chiropractic Center bets you’ll
agree that it is amazing how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed!
Those cells need Vitamin D to do their job right.
Palmer Chiropractic Center encourages Lynchburg diabetic and
non-diabetic patients alike to tend these cells nutritionally and with Lynchburg chiropractic
spinal manipulation in the form of 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) Lynchburg degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Palmer Chiropractic Center is positive because
Palmer Chiropractic Center sees it every day in taking care of
our Lynchburg back pain patients.
Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc
The degenerative intervertebral disc has a significantly
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 behavior
of the disc’s cells and even its tissue’s nutritional status as nutrients are
delivered to the disc through
the matrix and endplates. This rate of transport of nutrients is influenced
by the degenerative state of the disc. (2) So when should Vitamin D be taken
to protect and care for the Lynchburg degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Lynchburg chiropractic appointment at
Palmer Chiropractic Center to discuss the health status of your Lynchburg
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.