A big thank you to the doctors and scientists from New Zealand who recently wrapped up their study titled:
Single high-dose oral vitamin D3 treatment in New Zealand children with inflammatory bowel disease. Thank you even more to those involved with the study for making the full text version available free for all the readers to review. The link to the full study is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6382503/
Here are are a few key takeaways that I found interesting and you might too regarding Vitamin D and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (mainly ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease):
Vitamin D deficiency may also contribute to IBD pathogenesis (4,10). A geographical gradient in IBD incidence has been previously demonstrated, with higher incidence reported at higher latitudes where there is less sunlight exposure (4,11).taken from the introduction section of the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6382503/
Studies identifying seasonal variation in IBD, with flares of disease and symptoms most common at the end of winter, provide further evidence for vitamin D status influencing clinical outcomes (19,20).again taken from the intro section of the study
Good luck with your research and investigating more about UC, and as you can tell from my previous posting regarding sunlight (Vitamin D related…, and here’s that link https://www.ihaveuc.com/sunlight-helps-me-maybe-that-is-why-the-colder-months-are-harder/ ) I am quite interested in this topic still..:)
Enjoy the start to your Spring if you are in the northern hemisphere!!
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