Tuesday Nov 25, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Vitamin D
deficiency may lower risk of osteoporosis in patients with inflammatory bowel
disease or IBD, according to a study led by researchers from the University of
Osteoporosis is a side effect of IBD and vitamin D has
been known to play an important role in calcium absorption and bone health.
William D. Leslie and colleagues measured serum
25-hydroxy vitamin D (25OHD) levels and bone mineral density in 101 people who
had recently been diagnosed with IBD.
They found that there was a correlation between blood
vitamin D levels and bone density; the highest levels were linked to the
After two years, they found those with higher levels of
vitamin D were more likely than those who had lower levels to have an increase
in bone mineral density.
Am J Gastroenterol. 2008 Jun;103(6):1451-9.
Vitamin D status and bone density in recently diagnosed
inflammatory bowel disease: the Manitoba IBD Cohort Study.
Leslie WD, Miller N, Rogala L, Bernstein CN.
Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg,
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