The intervertebral disc is a complex 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 starts.
This is even more likely for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern Watertown diabetic
patients need to tackle. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin
D may be of help in the health of the disc. Watertown Wellness Center
is ready to do just that for Watertown back pain
patients as well as Watertown diabetic patients
who also have Watertown 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) Watertown Wellness Center bets you’ll
agree that it is stunning how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed!
Those cells want Vitamin D to do their job well.
Watertown Wellness Center urges Watertown diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to tend these cells nutritionally and with Watertown 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) Watertown degenerated discs respond
differently than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Watertown Wellness Center is confident because
Watertown Wellness Center sees it daily in taking care of
our Watertown 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 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
distributed to the disc via
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 Watertown degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Watertown chiropractic appointment at
Watertown Wellness Center to discuss the health status of your Watertown
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.