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 materializes.
This is even more possible for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern Oxford 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. Satterwhite Chiropractic
is prepared to do just that for Oxford back pain
patients as well as Oxford diabetic patients
who also have Oxford 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic bets you’ll
agree that it is stunning how the health of the disc gets
down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed!
Those cells want Vitamin D to do their job properly.
Satterwhite Chiropractic encourages Oxford diabetic and
non-diabetic patients alike to tend these cells nutritionally and with Oxford chiropractic
spinal manipulation in the form of Cox Technic.
Glucose Status and the Disc
The glucose status also alters 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) Oxford degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Satterwhite Chiropractic is positive because
Satterwhite Chiropractic sees it every day in taking care of
our Oxford back pain patients.
Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc
The degenerative intervertebral disc has a notably
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 its tissue’s nutritional status as nutrients are
circulated 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 Oxford degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Oxford chiropractic appointment at
Satterwhite Chiropractic to review the health status of your Oxford
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerative or not.