The intervertebral disc is a complex and key
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 Brooks diabetic
patients need to tackle. The newest research
on diabetes and the disc indicates that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Soft Health and Healing Clinic
is ready to do just that for Brooks back pain
patients as well as Brooks diabetic patients
who also have Brooks 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic bets you will
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.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic urges Brooks diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to look after these cells nutritionally and with Brooks 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. The glucose status did not alter
non-degenerated discs. (2) Brooks degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Soft Health and Healing Clinic is certain because
Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees it daily in taking care of
our Brooks 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 cellularly different. This oxygen
consumption rate factor modifies 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 Brooks degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Brooks chiropractic appointment at
Soft Health and Healing Clinic to discuss the health status of your Brooks
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may be of benefit to them whether
they are degenerated or not.