The intervertebral disc is an intricate 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 rises.
This is even more possible for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more issue Eugene diabetic
patients need to address. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc points out that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
is ready to do just that for Eugene back pain
patients as well as Eugene diabetic patients
who also have Eugene 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 properly.
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic urges Eugene diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to look after these cells nutritionally and with Eugene chiropractic
spinal manipulation in the form of 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) Eugene degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is certain because
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic sees it every day in taking care of
our Eugene 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 cellularly different. This oxygen
consumption rate factor affects the behavior
of the disc’s cells and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are
delivered to the disc by
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 safeguard and care for the Eugene degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Eugene chiropractic appointment at
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic to review the health status of your Eugene
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.