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Vitamin D for Crohn's disease

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

Vitamin D
Vitamin D

Vitamin D may help reduce the symptoms of Crohn's disease, a condition which causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue and can seriously impact on a sufferer's life.

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The findings come from a study led by Prof Maria O Sullivan and Tara Raftery of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James's Hospital, Dublin.

In a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled study, the authors assigned 27 patients in remission to 2000 IU/day vitamin D supplementation or placebo for three months.

They found that patients treated with the supplementation were more likely to maintain their intestinal permeability, whereas this deteriorated in the placebo group.

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