Vitamin D May Help Ease IBS Symptoms
Approximately 10-15 percent of the U.S. population suffers from IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. This gastrointestinal disorder is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, as the triggers and symptoms can vary drastically from one person to another. Common symptoms include a combination of diarrhea or constipation, urgency and frequency of needing to have a bowel movement, gas and bloating, cramps, and white or yellow mucus in the stool.
Research has yet to lead to a cure for IBS, although there are several treatments to help relieve some of the symptoms. Recently, a study from the University of Sheffield’s Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group targeted the role of vitamin D levels in reducing the severity of IBS symptoms.
The study followed the health of 51 patients diagnosed with IBS and found that at the start of the study, 82 percent showed a sufficient vitamin D deficiency. The IBS patients with low vitamin D levels showed a significant improvement in the quality of life and relief of symptoms when introduced to a high dose of vitamin D.
Research has already linked vitamin D to improvements in other health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), kidney disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Vitamin D occurs naturally through exposure to sunlight or consuming fish oils or fatty fish (herring, salmon, sardines).
Analysts estimate that medical care in the U.S. for IBS accounts for 2.4-3.5 million doctor visits per year. Symptom severity can often lead to loss of productivity and even an inability to work, costing an estimated $21 billion when added to medical expenses.
When Chronic Gastrointestinal Conditions Make Working Impossible We Can Help
IBS is not on the Social Security Administration’s list of disabilities, but other chronic conditions such as IBD are. IBS patients can also suffer from IBD. Be sure to talk to your doctor to ensure your diagnosis. The Disability Help Group is here to support anyone with a chronic health condition that prevents them from working and earning a substantial income.
If the Social Security Administration has denied your claim or you are having difficulty filing a claim on your own, contact us online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!