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Commonly thought of as 'thinning of the bones', osteoporosis occurs when there is not enough calcium in the bones. The bones become less dense (so not as strong), so can fracture more easily.

Risk factors

Risk factors include steroid use, malnutrition, and post-menopausal women are at higher risk.

Reducing the risk

If you are taking steroids, you shpuld also take a high dosage of calcium and vitamin D. This can be prescribed by your doctor (useful if you pay a reduced price for prescription items) or can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy.

If you must take high doses of steroids, or must take them for a long period of time, you can have a bone density scan done. If you show early signs of osteoporosis, it may be reversible through medication.

People with IBD are at risk of malnutrition, since they often cannot eat a varied diet, or may have difficulty absorbing nutrients from foods. Multivitamin supplements may therefore be beneficial.

Weight bearing exercise may also help to keep bones strong.

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