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Vitamin D may help reduce the risk of Clostridium difficile infection

Posted on: April 17, 2014   by  Niamh Aspell

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New research published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics suggests that higher vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of contracting Clostridium difficile infection for those with inflammatory bowel disease.

Clostridium difficile is a naturally occurring species of bacteria found in the gut and usually does not cause any problems in healthy people. However, certain health conditions can interfere with the balance of “good” bacteria in the gut, leading to an unhealthy increase in Clostridium difficile. This is called Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which can cause complications ranging from diarrhea to life threatening inflammation of the colon due to the toxins the bacteria produces.

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