A new study from the University of Sheffield reveals that Vitamin D supplements are not an effective treatment for easing painful Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. Many trials were conducted by scientists from the University’s Department of Oncology and Metabolism along with the health supplement company, BetterYou. These trials were carried on the participants who suffered from the chronic condition of digestive assess. In addition, trials were done to know whether reduction of Vitamin D makes the symptoms more severe or will improve the quality of life.
The outcomes of trials that were conducted are published today in the European Journal of Nutrition in which it is found that in spite of improvement in Vitamin D status in the people in response to vitamin D3 oral spray supplement over twelve weeks trial, there are no differences in relation to IBS symptom severity, nor there is any reported change in the life of these participants.
Painful Ibs Symptoms Cannot Be Eased By Vitamin D Supplements, Study Reveals
More about IBS
IBS is a common functional bowel disorder and is a group of symptoms that occur together and cause repeated pain in your abdomen and leads to changes in bowel movements like diarrhea, constipation, or else both. People who suffer from the problem experience many issues like stomach cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Some of the symptoms come and go, but few can severely affect the quality of life and embarrassment. However, this ultimately can affect mental health and wellbeing.
Expert’s opinion on this
The study that was carried in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also identified that though Vitamin D supplements do not ease the IBS symptoms, the deficiency of Vitamin D is increasing among the IBS population, which ultimately leads to increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
According to Bernard Corfe, lead author Professor of Human Nutrition and Health at Newcastle University said ‘people who are living with serious IBS symptoms, low vitamin D levels is because of changes in diet and lifestyle.’
Some experience severity in IBs symptoms because they restrict their outdoor activities because of anxiety and also alter their diet to avoid certain food groups that trigger the symptoms. Bernard Corfe added, ‘‘unfortunately, these alterations can affect overall health and wellbeing and reduce the exposure of vitamin D sources. Though vitamin D is vital for health, it is necessary for people with IBS symptoms to get them tested and treated and seek dietary advice not to affect a person’s overall health.’
In 2012 the research team at Sheffield was first to suggest the link amid IBS symptoms and low vitamin D levels and were following the issue closely since then. The study that is published today is the most extensive study showing proper results clearly that Vitamin D supplements do not ease IBS symptoms.
No cure currently for IBS
However, there is no specific cure for IBS, and it is still little known regarding why the condition develops. Therefore, further research is started to identify ways to support and manage people suffering from the condition and have to live with it. On this Prof, Corfe added that ‘ there is a range of management plans that people with IBS can get help with their GP, but due to the heterogeneity of the syndrome managing the chronic condition can be a trial and error for every person. He added ‘Also, it is very important that we continue with the research to find new and improved ways to diagnose and treat the chronic condition by understanding its impact on the population.