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Augusta Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D

July 11, 2017

The intervertebral disc is an intricate 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 rises. This is even more possible for patients with diabetes. It is|It’s]5] just one more issue Augusta diabetic patients need to tackle. The latest research on diabetes and the disc indicates that vitamin D may be of help in the health of the discLombardy Chiropractic Clinic is prepared to do just that for Augusta back pain patients in additional to Augusta diabetic patients who also have Augusta 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 released by cells that control specific interactions with other cells). (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic bets you’ll agree that it is amazing how the health of the disc gets down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed! Those cells crave Vitamin D to do their job right. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic encourages Augusta diabetic and non-diabetic patients similarly to care for these cells nutritionally and with Augusta chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of 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 affect non-degenerated discs. (2) Augusta degenerated discs react in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is sure because Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees it daily in caring for our Augusta 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 cellularly different. This oxygen consumption rate factor changes the disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are circulated 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 Augusta degenerative disc? When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not.

Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic to review the health status of your Augusta spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether they are degenerated or not.