Fort Wayne Diabetics with Disc Degeneration Benefit from Vitamin D07/11/2017The 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 materializes. This is even more probable for patients with diabetes. It is|It’s]5] just one more issue Fort Wayne diabetic patients need to address. The latest research on diabetes and the disc reveals that vitamin D may be of help in the health of the disc. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is here to do just that for Fort Wayne back pain patients as well as Fort Wayne diabetic patients who also have Fort Wayne 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) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC bets you will agree that it is stunning how the health of the disc comes down to the very cells that make it up|of which it is comprised! Those cells need Vitamin D to do their job well. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC urges Fort Wayne diabetic and non-diabetic patients similarly to care for these cells nutritionally and with Fort Wayne chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of Cox Technic. Glucose Status and the Disc The glucose status also alters 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) Fort Wayne degenerated discs respond differently than non-degenerated ones. Of this, Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is confident because Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC sees it every day in caring for our Fort Wayne back pain patients. Oxygen Consumption Rates and the Disc The degenerative intervertebral disc has a substantially 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 changes the disc’s cellular behavior and even the nutritional state of the disc’s tissue as nutrients are delivered to the disc through 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 Fort Wayne degenerative disc? When the disc is healthy and even more so when it is not. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC to discuss the health status of your Fort Wayne spinal discs and how Vitamin D may benefit them whether they are degenerated or not. « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."