Vitamin D Deficiency Puts IBD Patients at Greater Risk of Osteoporosis

Vitamin D deficiency puts patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at greater risk of abnormal bone density, including illnesses such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.

A new study found that reduction in bone density with a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia was found in 22 percent of IBD patients. Both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients diagnosed with osteoporosis had a significantly higher rate of Vitamin D deficiency.

IBD affects more than one million people in the United States, with the number of IBD patients split roughly equally between those with Crohn's disease and those with ulcerative colitis.

According to Science Daily:

“... [P]revious research has suggested a high prevalence of osteoporosis and overall abnormal bone density in IBD patients that is likely caused by corticosteroid use and excess of inflammatory cytokines, as well as from calcium and Vitamin D malabsorption.”

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