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Could Zinc Level Be a Factor in Anxiety and Depression for Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients?


Author: Falaiye, Tolulope; Schaefer, Marc; Zeiger, Timothy; Williams, Emmanuelle; Lau, Patrick; Lehman, Erik

The challenging circumstances for children diagnosed with IBD naturally lead to higher levels of depressions and anxiety. A study conducted on this topic sought to understand the correlation between higher levels of depression, lower zinc levels and its effect on the long-term health of patients. The studies findings displayed a moderate correlation between depression and higher zinc levels. This being said, the authors of the study concluded that more research needed to be conducted on a larger segment of the population.

Crohn’s and Colitis Australia would like to thank Oxford Academic for permission to use this article.

Posted on: February 23 2018

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Good article. I certainly appreciate this site. Continue the good work!

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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