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Crohn's Defined

Crohn's disease is named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), vomiting, or weight loss.

While the exact cause of Crohn’s remains unknown, researchers now believe that a combination of genetics, environmental factors, and an abnormal immune response may resul
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Vitamin D Supplementation May Reduce Crohn's Disease Symptoms

Vitamin D Supplementation May Reduce Crohn's Disease Symptoms | Crohn's Disease |

Vitamin D supplementation may improve quality of life and reduce symptoms for people with Crohn's disease, according to a new study.


Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Although it may cause inflammation in any area of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. Crohn's disease causes painful swelling that often results in diarrhea, or frequent, loose, watery stools.


The cause of Crohn's disease remains unknown. However, current research indicates that the inflammation in Crohn's disease patients involves a complex interaction of factors, including heredity, the immune system, and antigens in the environment.


In a new study, researchers evaluated the effects of vitamin D3 supplementation in 18 people with mild-to-moderate Crohn's disease, assessed on the Crohn's disease activity index. Each participant received 1000 international units of vitamin D3 by mouth daily for two weeks. At week two, the dose was increased until blood concentrations reached 40 nanograms per milliliter 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, a vitamin D status marker, or until the dose reached a maximum of 5000 international units daily. Daily supplementation was then maintained for a total of 24 weeks. Various outcome measures, including Crohn's disease activity index scores, quality of life measurements and dietary data were collected at the beginning of the study and again after week 24.


Via Jonathan Middleton
Allison Emma Schizkoske's curator insight, October 25, 2013 11:36 PM

This is one step closer to finding the cure. A public relations rep can build off of this and use this as a positive spin on research and hopefully something will come out of this. Maybe not a cure but something to help alot. 

Ali's curator insight, July 30, 2014 6:20 AM

Very interesting.  I was low in Vit D at my last blood tests...