Here is another reason to check your vit D level when you see your family doctor on the next visit. Two more studies reported at Digestive Disease Week 2013 demonstrated the link between vitamin D and inflammatory bowel disease.
In a study by American researchers, vitamin D deficiency was associated with increased hospitalization and surgery related to inflammatory bowel disease, primarily Crohn disease. “Patients with Crohn’s disease who normalized their vitamin D had a lower risk for subsequent surgery than those who remained deficient,” said Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital in
In a separate study, Irish researchers showed, for the first time, the “potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, with corresponding benefits for fatigue and quality of life in Crohn’s disease,” said Tara Raftery, a PhD candidate from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
In the double-blind placebo-controlled study of 27 patients, those who took 2000 IU of vitamin D per day for 3 months gained muscle strength. At 3 months, patients with vitamin D levels of at least 75 nmol/L had a significantly improvements on the bowel and better quality of life than patients with levels below 75 nmol/L , Raftery said. They also had significantly less fatigue. The patients with the lowest vitamin D levels at baseline had the most improvement after correction, Raftery noted. (read more)
- Vitamin D Could Relieve Certain Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease (counselheal.com)
- Extra Vitamin D May Ease Crohn’s Symptoms, Study Finds (nlm.nih.gov)
Have you researched the link between inflammatory bowel disease and Genetically Modified Food? Do you feel there is weight to the argument that GMOs are a leading cause in 2013?
There could be. There are lots of attention on GMF. I have not looked into the GMF and IBS specifically.