Low Calcium, Vitamin D Intake Place IBD Kids at Risk for Poor Bone Health

Low Calcium, Vitamin D Intake Place IBD Kids at Risk for Poor Bone Health
The majority of children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not get enough calcium and vitamin D through the diet, which jeopardizes their bone health and other issues related to low levels of the two nutrients, researchers warn. Although it can be challenging to ensure these children get enough of those nutrients, researchers urge parents of IBD children to carefully monitor their diet. The study, “Paediatric IBD patients do not meet the daily recommendations of vitamin D and calcium intake: survey based analysis in a tertiary centre,” was presented at the 12th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization in February. Researchers at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, U.K., came to this conclusion after accomplishing a survey, in which children with IBD were asked to describe their dietary intake of foods that contained calcium and vitamin D in the past 24 hours. The survey revealed that only 26.6% of patients had a sufficient intake of calcium, and 21.3% ate enough vitamin D-containing food. Medical experts from United European Gastroenterology (UEG) now call for immediate interventions to make sure children and adolescents with IBD are not put at risk of calcium and vitamin D deficiencies. But dietician Rita Shergill-Bonner, the study’s lead author, said that making sure these children eat enough of foods containing the
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