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If you have Crohn’s or Colitis 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 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 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.