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An increased serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D is independently associated with a lower risk for bowel resection in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published in the International Journal of Surgery.

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Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly being shown to play a role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A study published earlier this year concluded that IBD patients exhibit lower levels of vitamin D and that this may contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease.

Significantly, therefore, a meta-analysis published in 2018 recommends that vitamin D should be used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Published in the Medicine (Baltimore) journal, the analysis looked at a total of 18 randomized controlled trials involving 908 patients. Noting that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, the researchers cite studies showing that supplementation with this micronutrient can induce and maintain remission.

To learn more about the role of vitamin D in IBD, and also about Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to digestive health, see this article on our website.