The Role of Vitamin D in Elderly Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients

Kagolanu D1,2,3, Levine I1,2,3, Katz S1,2,3. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2019 Jan;15(1):28-34.


Author information

Dr Kagolanu is a medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York.

Dr Levine is a medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York, New York.

Dr Katz is a professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Health.


The role of vitamin D has long been discussed in many chronic diseases, and its significance in inflammatory boweldisease has recently gained attention. This article reviews vitamin D homeostasis, the involvement of vitamin D in the pathophysiology of inflammatory bowel disease, and vitamin D deficiency as a result of inflammatory boweldisease. In addition, this article explores the possibility of age, specifically in the elderly population, as a risk factor for developing vitamin D deficiency in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

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