ORLANDO, Fla., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented at
Digestive Disease Week(R) (DDW) explores new methods for managing digestive
health through diet and lifestyle.
Individuals suffering from Crohn's disease are often plagued by reduced muscle
strength, fatigue and poor quality of life. These symptoms can remain even when
patients are in remission. A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study
found for the first time that vitamin D supplementation corresponded to
significant relief of these symptoms.
"These findings, to our knowledge, are the first to suggest potential benefits
of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength with corresponding benefits for
fatigue and quality of life in Crohn's disease. However, they need to be
confirmed in larger studies," said Tara Raftery, research dietician and PhD
candidate at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
The study found that after three months of taking 2000 IU of vitamin D per day
patient's muscle strength, measured by hand-grip, was significantly higher in
both dominant and non-dominant hands compared to those taking placebo. Patients
also reported significantly less general, physical and mental fatigue and a
higher quality of life when levels of vitamin D were 75 nano mole per liter or
Digestive Disease Week(R) (DDW) is the largest international gathering of
physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology,
hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American
Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary
Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 18 to 21, 2013, at the Orange County
Convention Center, Orlando, FL. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts
and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and
technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org.
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SOURCE Digestive Disease Week