Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Increased Risk of UC Relapse Among Patients in Remission

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Increased Risk of UC Relapse Among Patients in Remission
Low vitamin D serum levels during periods of clinical remission increase the risk of relapse in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), a new study shows. The results indicate that patients with UC should be closely monitored for levels of vitamin D, and support the need for supplements in maintenance therapy if necessary. The study, “Low Serum Vitamin D During Remission Increases Risk of Clinical Relapse in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis,” was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “We showed that vitamin D levels are associated with baseline endoscopic and histologic inflammation severity during clinical remission, and are associated independently with the longitudinal risk of clinical relapse,” John Gubatan, MD, and colleagues from the Department of Medicine, division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School in Boston, wrote, according to a news release. “These results suggest that vitamin D status is linked not only to current disease severity, but also has an impact on future risk of clinical relapse,” he added. Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that are chronic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, believed to result from a complex interplay between genetic, environmental, immune, and microbial factors. Vitamin D status has been implicated with disease severity, but th
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  1. And what causes the low vitamin D levels that are associated with UC? Of course, it is sunlight deficiency, since sun exposure is the only natural way to obtain vitamin D. So many of us work in little boxes that never see the sun, and we have been frightened away from the sun by a false message of danger. When we do venture outside, we slather on sunscreen, which can stop 99% of vitamin D production. In fact, sun exposure is vital to human health. Here are a few scientifically-documented facts about the health benefits of sun exposure:
    •A 20-year Swedish study shows that sun avoidance is as bad for the health as cigarette smoking.
    •A Spanish study shows that women who seek the sun have one-eleventh the hip fracture risk as those who avoid sun.
    •Men who work outdoors have half the risk of melanoma as those who work indoors.
    •Women who totally avoid the sun have 10-times the risk of breast cancer as those who embrace the sun.
    •Women who sunbathe regularly have half the risk of death during a 20-year period compared to those who stay indoors.
    •Sun exposure increases nitric oxide production, which leads to a decrease in heart attack risk.
    •Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is essential to human survival, and sun exposure is the only natural way to obtain it. Sunbathing can produce 20,000 units of vitamin D in 20 minutes of whole-body exposure.
    •Sun exposure dramatically improves mood through the production of serotonin and endorphin.
    •Beyond vitamin D, sun exposure also stimulates the production of endorphin, nitric oxide and BDNF, all of which are vital to human health.
    •Regular sun exposure also reduces high blood pressure, heart disease, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS).
    •As sunscreen use has increased dramatically, melanoma has INCREASED exponentially.
    For the scientific references and articles for the above statements, visit http://sunlightinstitute.org/

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