CALCIUM IN IBD
Calcium is an essential mineral known for its role in helping us build strong and healthy bones. It is also important for other body functions such as muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and blood clotting. When calcium levels are low, the body borrows stores in the bone to stabilize blood levels. Overtime, the bones can weaken if the diet does not replace the borrowed calcium.
Calcium is an essential mineral that is well known for its role in helping us build strong and healthy bones. Calcium also helps our bodies in muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and blood clotting.
We know that milk is a great source of calcium. Yet, with a majority of the world's population being lactose intolerant, it can be hard to make sure we get enough calcium in our diets to stay healthy.
In IBD, lactose intolerance is one of the leading factors for poor calcium status. As IBD can cause or worsen lactose intolerance, many people may avoid dairy without substituting for other calcium rich foods.
Calcium levels can also be low in IBD due to poor appetite and poor absorption. Poor absorption can be caused by the use of acid blockers which decreases potential for calcium to be properly digested for absorption. Additionally, inflammation or surgery in the small intestine can prevent calcium from being absorbed and used in our bodies. Taking a calcium supplement (like calcium citrate) along with adding calcium rich foods into the diet can help improve your calcium levels and prevent the development of other health concerns like osteoporosis.
This article, as well as all others, was reviewed and edited by a member of our Medical Advisory Board.
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