Medical experts from United European Gastroenterology (UEG) are calling for immediate intervention to protect bone health in paediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The call follows the release of new figures showing that a less than one in four children with IBD are receiving adequate calcium and less than one in five are receiving sufficient vitamin D. The research, conducted at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, found that only 26.6 per cent of paediatric IBD patients were achieving the current recommended intake of calcium and only 21.3 per cent were reaching recommended intake of vitamin D.
“It is imperative that healthcare professionals provide all IBD patients with regular and frequent advice on nutrition and healthy eating habits, including guidance on food sources that are rich in calcium and vitamin D,” said Professor Gigi Veereman, UEG paediatric IBD expert. “Tailored care services, long-term follow up, regular reviews and frequent medical interventions are required to minimise additional health risk in our paediatric patients.”
Through individual European societies, UEG represents more than 22,000 specialists working across medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gastrointestinal oncology, and endoscopy, and is the most comprehensive organisation of its kind in the world.