Low bone mineral density, osteoporosis, and osteopenia are known risk factors for both male and female patients with gut disorders and IBD. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America reports that 30 to 60 percent of people with IBD may have low bone density, which puts them at significant risk for osteoporosis. Lack of awareness leads to a situation where many patients who should be tested are not being referred to diagnostic tests, and therefore are not receiving therapy to reduce fracture risk. It is important for physicians to understand the magnitude of this risk and to refer patients to DEXA tests (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) for timely diagnosis. ...continue reading "Gut disorders increase risk of osteoporosis"