Vitamin D may help treat irritable bowel syndrome

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Vitamin D may help treat irritable bowel syndrome
Vitamin D may help treat irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very annoying condition which affects many people. Doctors Health Press reported, a new study shows that IBS is associated with low levels of vitamin D. Sufferers of IBS have malfunction of the digestive tract which is manifested as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, gas, and nausea. It has been estimated that this condition affects 20 percent to 30 percent of the population in the United States.

The primary causes of IBS have been cited as being stress, a diet which is high in refined sugars, a low fiber diet, candida overgrowth, parasite infections, and food sensitivities or allergies. It has been found in a new study published by BMJ Open Gastroenterology that there is a link between IBS and low levels of vitamin D. Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. observed that 82 percent of the 51 patients who had IBS had low levels of vitamin D. In patients who suffered from IBS low vitamin D levels also affected their perception of quality of life.

It is thought that IBS accounts for 10 percent of visits to general practitioners. This condition can lead to lost days in school and at work. This study offers possible new insights into this condition and more importantly a new way to attempt to treat it. It has been suggested that patients with IBS should consult with their doctor about the possibility of low vitamin D levels. Testing for vitamin D levels and vitamin D supplementation may help dramatically with the treatment of IBS.

WebMD reports a majority of people who suffer from IBS have been found to have low vitamin D levels. It has become clear that people who suffer from this condition may benefit from vitamin D screening tests and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D is vital for a healthy body including the health of bones. Some vitamin D is derived from food but most of it comes from the skin after exposure to sunlight. The finding that there is a link between IBS and vitamin D deficiency leads to important considerations for the prevention and treatment of this condition.

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