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Assessing the Relationship of Vitamin D with Iron Status in Children with Inflammatory Bowel

Sana Syed, Ellen M Smith, Vin Tangpricha

IBD is a chronic intestinal condition which is manifested in the combination of several nutritional coordinating diseases including Vitamin D deficiencies. Vitamin D has recently been linked to iron metabolism through down-regulatory effects on hepcidin and hepcidin-stimulatory pro-inflammatory cytokines. In 2016, researchers published a study in the FASEB Journal which sought to address the claim that vitamin D may increase bioavailable iron for erythropoiesis and hemoglobin synthesis. The results suggested that this association was not overly significant. However when the analysing the data parsed by race it revealed that African Americans had 20 times higher odds of anemia compared to vitamin D insufficient non-African Americans.

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Posted on: February 23 2018

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I was very interested in the article "Good Vs bad bacteria - the bugs responsible for Crohn's disease". I was diagnosed with IBD 6 months ago and after a very bad reaction to Pentasa (but unproven) I was told to wait and try again when the symptoms peaked again. However, I started taking Probiotics each day and (touch wood) I have been in remission for 5 months, with high hopes. I am very interested in the research in this field.

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with UC in July 2016 and after 4 flare ups within 12 months and trying different medications, she was prescribed infliximab. This has been the miracle medication for her and am so thankful that she has been able to return to a "relatively normal life", enjoying school and her passion for sports again (bar 8 weekly visits to PMH for inflixmab infusions, routine colonoscopies and mezzaline daily). I had very little knowledge of UC and autoimmunie disease for that matter; and was shellshocked at how debilitating it can be. We are so grateful to have a wonderful gastro and medical team supporting my daughter and of course the impact that inflixmab has had; however know it is still early days and don't want to take anything for granted.

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