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Sitka Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D

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 possible for patients with diabetes. It is|It’s]5] just one more concern Sitka diabetic patients need to tackle. The latest research on diabetes and the disc points out that vitamin D may help with the health of the discArctic Chiropractic, Sitka is ready to do just that for Sitka back pain patients in additional to Sitka diabetic patients who also have Sitka 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka bets you will agree that it is astonishing how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is composed! Those cells crave Vitamin D to do their job well. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka urges Sitka diabetic and non-diabetic patients similarly to care for these cells nutritionally and with Sitka 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. The glucose status did not influence non-degenerated discs. (2) Sitka degenerated discs react in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is confident because Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka sees it every day in taking care of our Sitka 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 modifies the behavior of the disc’s cells and even the nutritional state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are delivered 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 consumed to protect and care for the Sitka degenerative disc? When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.

Schedule your Sitka chiropractic appointment at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka to discuss the health status of your Sitka spinal discs and how Vitamin D may be of benefit to them whether they are degenerated or not.

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