A new study from the University of Sheffield has found that 82% of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome also have insufficient levels of vitamin D.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that affects nearly 15% of the western population. Although the cause of the condition still remains unknown, we are aware of diet and stress as factors.
Study leader Dr Bernard Corfe said: 'Our data provides a potential new insight into the condition and importantly a new way to manage it. It was clear from our findings that many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome should have their vitamin D levels tested. The data suggests that they may benefit from supplementation with vitamin D.
‘There was an association between the Vitamin D status and the sufferer’s perceived quality of life. This is measured by the extent to which they reported impact on IBS on life. ‘As a result of this exploratory study, we’re now able to design and justify a larger and more definitive trial.’
The sun is our main source of generating vitamin D. During the winter months it is almost impossible for our bodies to produce enough of this essential vitamin. Consequently, we can get some vitamin D from our diet. Using a supplement, however, to boost vitamin D levels during the winter is a good idea.