The intervertebral disc is an intricate 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 materializes.
This is even more possible for patients with diabetes. It
is|It’s]5] just one more concern New York diabetic
patients need to deal with. The latest research
on diabetes and the disc signifies that vitamin
D may help with the health of the disc. Dr. Gary Stefanick
is prepared to do just that for New York back pain
patients as well as New York diabetic patients
who also have New York 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) Dr. Gary Stefanick 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.
Dr. Gary Stefanick encourages New York diabetic and
non-diabetic patients alike to care
for these cells nutritionally and with New York 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) New York degenerated discs respond
in a different way than non-degenerated ones. Of this,
Dr. Gary Stefanick is positive because
Dr. Gary Stefanick sees it daily in taking care of
our New York 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 influences the behavior
of the disc’s cells 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 consumed
to safeguard and care for the New York degenerative disc?
When the disc is healthy and even more so when it’s not.
Schedule your New York chiropractic appointment at
Dr. Gary Stefanick to review the health status of your New York
spinal discs and how Vitamin D may be of benefit to them whether
they are degenerative or not.