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 possible for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern West Des Moines diabetic
patients need to address. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin
D may be of help in the health of the disc. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
is prepared to do just that for West Des Moines back pain
patients as well as West Des Moines diabetic patients
who also have West Des Moines 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa bets you will
agree that it is astonishing how the health of the disc gets
down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is comprised!
Those cells need Vitamin D to do their job properly.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages West Des Moines diabetic and
non-diabetic patients alike to take care of these cells nutritionally and with West Des Moines chiropractic
spinal manipulation with 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) West Des Moines degenerated discs react
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is sure because
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees it daily in caring for
our West Des Moines 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 influences 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 taken
to safeguard and care for the West Des Moines degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.
Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to review the health status of your West Des Moines
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may be of benefit to them whether
they are degenerative or not.