Inflammatory Bowel Linked to Vitamin D

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21 (UPI) — A U.S. researcher warns patients with inflammatory bowel disease may be low on vitamin D and also be at risk for bone loss.

Dr. Bincy Abraham of Baylor College of Medicine at Baylor College in Houston says it is vital patients with inflammatory bowel disease to be evaluated for vitamin D nutritional deficiency that may be putting these patients at greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and an overall higher rate of abnormal bone density.


Abraham and colleagues measured bone density using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in 161 inflammatory bowel disease patients and found a reduction in bone density with a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia in 22 percent — 50 percent of whom were age 50 and under.

“Inflammatory bowel disease patients with an abnormal bone density exam had a significantly higher rate of Vitamin D deficiency than those who had normal dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scans,” Abraham says in a statement.

The study findings were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 75th annual scientific meeting in San Antonio.

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