The intervertebral disc is a complex and important
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 probable for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more issue Ottawa diabetic
patients need to deal with. The newest research
on diabetes and the disc points out that vitamin
D may be of help in the health of the disc. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
is ready to do just that for Ottawa back pain
patients as well as Ottawa diabetic patients
who also have Ottawa 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) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider bets you’ll
agree that it is amazing how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is comprised!
Those cells crave Vitamin D to do their job properly.
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider urges Ottawa diabetic and
non-diabetic patients alike to tend these cells nutritionally and with Ottawa chiropractic
spinal manipulation in the form of 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) Ottawa degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is certain because
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider sees it daily in taking care of
our Ottawa 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 disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional
state of the disc’s tissue 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 Ottawa degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your Ottawa chiropractic appointment at
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider to review the health status of your Ottawa
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether
they are degenerated or not.