Bones

If you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulceratvie Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD)  you may be more likely to develop weaker bones (osteoporosis) or low bone mass. This can mean bones break (fracture) more easily if you have a minor fall. Inflammation in the gut, taking steroids, low levels of calcium and vitamin D or removal of parts of the small bowel can all contribute to bone loss if you have Crohn’s or Colitis.


This information is for anyone with Crohn's or Colitis who may be worried about developing fragile bones. It looks at:

• why you might be at risk of bone loss
• what tests are available to measure your bone density
• how you can keep your bones healthy
• drugs that can help prevent bone loss.

This information is for anyone with Crohn's or Colitis who may be worried about developing fragile bones. It looks at:

• why you might be at risk of bone loss
• what tests are available to measure your bone density
• how you can keep your bones healthy
• drugs that can help prevent bone loss.

Bones explained
What type of bone loss are there?
How do I know if I have bone loss?
What are the risk factors?
What are the added risks if you have Crohn's or Colitis?
What tests are used to find out if you have weak bones?
What do the results mean?
Will I be offerred these test?
What can I do to reduce bone loss?
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Last reviewed: January 2019