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What are some connections between bone strength and ulcerative colitis?

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Because you have ulcerative colitis, your bones might not be as strong as they should be.

This could be because of the disease itself. Proteins called cytokines that are part of your response to inflammation may change how your body breaks down old bone and creates new bone.

Another reason you may have weaker bones when you have UC is that corticosteroids, which treat your disease, make you more likely to get osteoporosis.

Whatever the cause of your bone trouble, exercise can help.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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