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 probable for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more issue McHenry diabetic
patients need to address. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Spengel Chiropractic
is here to do just that for McHenry back pain
patients in additional to McHenry diabetic patients
who also have McHenry 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) Spengel Chiropractic 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 right.
Spengel Chiropractic urges McHenry diabetic and
non-diabetic patients similarly to take care of these cells nutritionally and with McHenry 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) McHenry degenerated discs respond
differently than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Spengel Chiropractic is certain because
Spengel Chiropractic sees it daily in taking care of
our McHenry 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 changes the behavior
of the disc’s cells and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are
passed through to the disc via
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 consumed
to protect and care for the McHenry degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.
Schedule your McHenry chiropractic appointment at
Spengel Chiropractic to review the health status of your McHenry
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.