Ottawa Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D

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 discThe 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.

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